4.25.2020

NatureHacker's Organic Actively Aerated Compost Tea Recipe (AACT) for Microbulator and Airlift

**IMPORTANT: This design is untested and should be considered a 0.1 recipe.  After actually making this I'm sure many changes will be made over time.**

ALSO  IMPORTANT: It appears that aerated compost tea has more extracted but nitrogen is lost (video link near bottom).  Hydrogen peroxide (and likely red light also promotes aerobic vs anaerobic) will combat this but just the aeration process seems to kick a bit of the nitrogen out.  Alfalfa, soybean meal, and cottonseed meal are great Nitrogen sources.  I am adding pea protein powder for a very concentrated protein (nitrogen) source.  The addition of rosemary and lemon peel powder (in addition to h2o2 and red light) should also prevent denitrification, should be tested.  If nitrogen is lost too much even with these precautions, nitrogen (protein) containing ingredients can always be added in the last 24 hours of brewing instead of at the beginning.

This is designed for making a nutritionally complete compost tea base that is to be run in airlift actively aerated compost tea maker like microbulator for up to 2 weeks.  Designed to give a finished product that will never "turn".  Simply run machine for up to 2 weeks (including with deep red light and hydrogen peroxide addition, see future posts), strain through 800 mesh, add a few tbsp of 12.5% hydrogen peroxide, let sit undisturbed 1 day, and bottle (dark) clear top liquid.  After diluting properly for feeding adjust pH to 7.0 using food grade phosphoric acid or preferably unfiltered apple cider vinegar.

The strained and stabilized product (via peroxide addition to prevent anaerobic growth) is designed to be used as a sole nutrient source in an inert growth media hydroponic or aeroponic system.  These systems typically used chemical defined nutrient solution which does not provide everything the plant needs and while growth and fruits may seem big and good, the product lacks quality.  This is designed to change that.

Why not just use compost (worm castings) and molasses like MicrobeMan says? Because MicrobeMan thinks all we care about is microbes which isn't what we want in this case.  In this case we are using the microbes to help extract humates and nutrients to make a full spectrum organic nutrient solution, not as a simple microbial soil additive.  We are using the microbes to extract beneficial nutrients during our run (not in the soil after this is poured onto it) and also using the microbes as a preservative for our final solution to be shelf stable.  Also the microbes provide DNA and RNA which are a hidden and currently unknown essential nutrients for all life.

Optimally run in a Actively Aerated Compost Tea Brewer like mini microbulator found here

1cup worm castings (0.6-0.7-0.2) (N-P-K)
1cup forest humus (0-0-0)
1cup alfalfa meal (2-1-2)
1cup pinto bean compost (~3-~2-~4)
1cup wheat bran (2.4/2.9/1.6)  (best vegan/safe source of phosphorus, also energy source for bacteria)
1/2cup Pea protein powder (basically pure nitrogen)
1/2cup Aspergillus powder (high nitrogen but most importantly vegan Chitin; mushroom powder alt.)
1/2cup Kelp meal (provides iodine and growth factors)
1/4cup Wheat Germ (vitamin E, sunflower is alternative)
1/4cup Brewers yeast (B vitamins esp thiamine, sunflower is alternative)
1/4cup Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (Dessicant, prevents clumping and spoiling
1/4cup Rock Dust (another dessicant and provides calcium and other minerals)
1Tbsp Citrus Peel Powder (reduce pseudo and Baccilis -denitrification- and add vit C)
1Tbsp Rosemary powder (reduce pseudomonas -denitrification-)
1/2Tbsp Mediterranean Sea Salt (Sodium Source around 0.5%)
1/2Tbsp Dead Sea Salt (Bromine Source)

(possibly neem seed meal 6-1-2)

~8 cups per 3-4 gallon brew (in 5 gal bucket)

shoot for 1200-1600 ppm and dilute as necessary down to min of 100 for seedlings and near zero for flushing and full strength for flowering.

Vol up to 3-4 Gal with chlorine free and fluoride free water, run airlift up to 2 weeks or until EC (electrical conductivity) and pH and TDS stabilizes.  pH should rise during run which is essential to extracting humic acid. strain through 800 mesh, add a few tbsp of 12.5% hydrogen peroxide, let sit undisturbed 1 day, and bottle (dark) clear top liquid.  After diluting properly for feeding adjust pH to 6.5-7.5 (6.5-7.0 if using alkaline substrate outlined below) using food grade phosphoric acid or preferably citric acid or most preferably unfiltered but sterilized (heated) apple cider vinegar (acetic acid is the best energy source besides formic acid), since pH is going to raise the mother in the acetic acid will reactivate so this is why it should be killed before adding.  Why pH down after final dilution?  Because the high pH not only helps preserve the nutrient solution, but also makes sure heavy metals precipitate out of solution and are discarded.


Open Source Boogie Brew also a great recipe (video)


Substrate for roots to grow in:

5cup extracted strained solids of Compost Tea
3cup pumice
2cup nut shells
1cup crushed oyster shell
1cup granulated activated carbon
1/2cup glacial rock dust
1/4 cup greensand

trying to get media dense enough to hold water well especially with water spikes

aspergillus powder
https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/aspergillus-niger-Powderd-25KG_60771743092.html?spm=a2700.galleryofferlist.0.0.708a6c66rDBofp

Dead Sea Salt
https://www.amazon.com/cleaned-Contains-minerals-Including-resealable/dp/B07LGGPY68/

Mediteranian Sea Salt
https://www.amazon.com/Mediterranean-Sea-Salt-Medium-Grain/dp/B083YY1HND/

Brewers Yeast
https://www.amazon.com/Anthonys-Brewers-Yeast-1lbs-Gluten/dp/B076T966GS/

Wheat Germ
https://www.amazon.com/Flake-Wheat-Germ-Raw-bagged/dp/B00CYV32DU/

pea protein 15$/2lb
https://www.amazon.com/Anthonys-Protein-Plant-Gluten-Friendly/dp/B01COARRFE/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=pea+protein+powder&qid=1587855474&sr=8-6

wheat bran 50$/25lb
https://buildasoil.com/products/organic-wheat-bran?_pos=1&_sid=5a6be623e&_ss=r&variant=578953705

alfalfa meal 30$/6.5 lb
https://buildasoil.com/collections/amendments/products/alfalfa-meal?variant=8779509334133

forest humus
https://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Forest-Humus-Carte-Bag/dp/B0089PKJU4/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=ancient+forest+humus&qid=1587831637&sr=8-4

earthworm casting .6/.7/.2
https://www.amazon.com/VermisTerra-Premium-Earthworm-Castings-Organic/dp/B07BNV7DNG/ref=psdc_3752881_t4_B075FYT5G7
https://www.amazon.com/Brut-Worm-Farms-Castings/dp/B07GTQZN7Q/

pinto compost 18$/11lb
https://buildasoil.com/collections/composts/products/colorado-pinto-bean-compost?variant=6852597829

kelp meal 20$/3lb
https://buildasoil.com/products/organic-kelp-meal?_pos=2&_sid=9dc2f14de&_ss=r&variant=44968106834

sunflower seed meal 22$/2lb
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EQB5A9A?tag=duckduckgo-ffab-20&linkCode=osi&th=1



NPK of everything
http://www.lundproduce.com/N-P-K-Value-of-Everything.html

Hydrogen peroxide removes heavy metals (cases to precipitate and sink in solution)
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/27797612_Removal_of_heavy_metal_from_industrial_wastewater_using_hydrogen_peroxide

Science Paper Aerated compost tea
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4564151/

extracting humic acid from lignite
https://www.scientific.net/AMR.158.56 

AACT reduces nitrogen in the compost
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivGdHo1sXF4 

organic nitrogen sources
https://www.grow-it-organically.com/organic-nitrogen-fertilizer.html 

denitrifying bacteria, oxygen slows denitrification
https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/denitrifying-bacteria

nitrifying bacteria light sensitive blue and uv
www.bioconlabs.com/nitribactfacts.html

nitrification and denitrification
http://kisi.deu.edu.tr/orhan.gunduz/turkce/dersler/Nitrification_and_Denitrification.pdf

microbe catalyst contains feather meal and alfalfa for high N
https://www.kisorganics.com/collections/compost-tea-brewing-systems/products/kis-organics-microbe-catalyst

co2 increases denitrification
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S003807171930361X

denitrifiers Thiobacillus denitrificans, Micrococcus denitrificans, and some species of Serratia, Pseudomonas, and Achromobacter even bacillis (3rd link below)
https://www.britannica.com/science/denitrifying-bacteria
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC170793/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21530125

pseudomonas essential oils cinnamon and  rosemary and citrus
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5206475/

lemon and rosemary pseudomonas
https://planeaire.com/our-essential-oils/

lemon baccilis
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0254629915003610

kjedahl nitrogen not largely reduced in AACT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdkhEJr3x1I

glacial rock dust
https://www.kisorganics.com/collections/soil-amendments/products/glacial-rock-dust

pumice
https://www.kisorganics.com/collections/soil-amendments/products/pumice

crushed oyster shell
https://www.kisorganics.com/collections/soil-amendments/products/crushed-oyster-shell

greensand
https://www.kisorganics.com/collections/soil-amendments/products/jersey-greensand

pecan shells
https://www.amazon.com/Acme-Pecan-Shells/dp/B00U46RMEM

granular activated carbon
https://www.amazon.com/Premium-Virgin-Coconut-Activated-Charcoal/dp/B00XIIH43W/ref=sr_1_26?dchild=1&keywords=granulated%2Bactivated%2Bcarbon&qid=1587867554&sr=8-26&th=1

boogie brew is a good designer too
https://www.boogiebrew.net/

rosemary herb powder
https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/rosemary-powder/profile

bitter orange peel powder
https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/bitter-orange-peel-powder/profile

organic hydroponic video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUCS2dLx3Ds

Blumat water spikes
https://www.amazon.com/Blumat-Watering-Austria-Automatic-Vacation/dp/B00ILX5XTQ/

PPM meter
https://www.amazon.com/Bluelab-Truncheon-Nutrient-Meter-Germination/dp/B00348PV6S/

humic acid is a pH buffer 5.5-8 max at 6
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0021979707007813

pH 7-7.5 probably ideal for hydro
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2if6LCAO5ks&list=PLogUxCOrWb5wAuan_IKBr3IrHQaonfd2u&index=9

sphingomonas denitrifies when oxygen is low or nitrite is present
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4123721/

Pure compost tea media beats pure synthetic media
https://arboretum.arizona.edu/sites/arboretum.arizona.edu/files/Haug-Baltzell%202011%20Research.pdf

Where to buy Organic Solution worm castings
https://organicsolution.com/where-to-buy/

deacetylation of chitin is bad for plat immunity
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41477-019-0527-4

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