200L VortX Brewer – Actively Aerated Compost Tea Brewing System – R15000

R 15,000.00

Actively Aerated Compost Tea Brewer 200L System

Description

Why Compost Tea?

Compost Tea is a means of returning the correct balance of aerobic microorganisms to both plants and soils.

Modernised farming and/or landscaping techniques has improved the chemical status of soils, however, has caused an imbalance of microorganisms in the soils and on plant surfaces. Anaerobic microorganisms have become the dominant microbial populations within the soils, which have led to increased compaction, decreased water retention, decreased organic matter (soil organic carbon), an increase in plant diseases and an increase in the requirements for fertilizers and/or composts.

A healthy ecosystem for plants is an ecosystem where plants form strong relations with aerobic populations of microorganisms (bacteria, protozoa, fungi). These microbial populations aid in plant nutrition, stimulation of both root and shoot extensions and defence against pathogens. Additionally, the aerobic microbial populations structure the soils, making it more porous for better aeration and water holding capacities. Roots spend less energy to extend in the soil. The aerobic organisms also produce organic matter, which lock excess nutrients and fertilizers in the soil, thereby reducing leaching.

Ecosoil Compost Tea is produced from high quality composts which have been specifically designed to contain a high diversity of aerobic microorganisms. By using Ecosoil Compost Tea, the aerobic microorganisms are re-established in soil and/or on plant surfaces. The plants grow more efficiently, better root growth occurs, colouration of leaves and fruit are enhanced, and occurrences of diseases are reduced. The total cost of growing the plants are reduced allowing for a more profitable crop.

 

The Compost Tea system

The 200L system was designed and is manufactured by Dirty Hands Inc. The system is approved by Ecosoil as an Aerobic Compost Tea System. The system efficiently extracts and amplifies the number of aerobic microorganisms (bacteria, fungi and protozoa) from the Ecosoil compost. The system is provided with:

  • A 200 L tank
  • A stand for the tank
  • 2x Compressors (170L/min) to pump air into the system.
  • A heater (300W) to heat the system to 25 °C
  • Pipes to circulate the water from the bottom to the top of the tank
  • A compost bag to submerse the compost into the water.
  • A lid to prevent splashing of the Compost Tea in the brewing area

Ingredients

  • Ecosoil compost called “Starter”. The Ecosoil compost has a very high diversity of aerobic microorganisms (higher the diversity the better the structuring of soil) and has been quality assured to contain no pathogens.
  • Ecosoil “Activator”. The Activator is food for the microorganisms. It is added to the water to coax the microorganisms out of the compost and to amplify their numbers. The Activator is a powder, and it is made from organic acids and several plants and herbs.

Brewing Compost Tea

Note: Brewing Compost Tea is growing microorganisms. Cleanliness and hygiene is important. Conditions of the brewing (temperature and aeration) must be maintained at all times to ensure the right microorganisms are grown. Only composts with high microbial diversity and no pathogens are to be used.

  • Step 1: Fill the tank with water to just below the top outlet pipe (aim flow).
  • Step 2: Set the heater to 25 °C. Place the heater through the hole provided near the top of the tank, to the inside of the tank. Use the suction cups to fasten the heater into position, with the element submersed in the water and the top dial section out of the water. Switch on the heater.
  • Step 3: Place the pipes from the compressors into the side pipes leading from the bottom of the tank to the aim flow. One compressor is for the right side and the other for the left side. Fit the rubber top with the tube coming through it over the PVC tube and tighten the hose clamp, do this on each side. The air will rise from the bottom of the pipe, pushing the water up to the top outlets. Switch on the compressor. The water should be circulating from the bottom of the tank to the top.
  • Step 4: Aerate the water for a minimum of 1 hour to evaporate the chlorine out of the water, which has a damaging effect on the microbes.
  • Step 5: Place 5 L Starter (compost) into the compost bag. Roll down the top of the bag and clip the compost bag to the underside of the lid. The compost bag should be fully submerged in the water.
  • Step 6: Add 1x bag Activator Day 1 powder to the water. Do not add the Activator into the compost bag. Mix the powder into the water by hand.
  • Step 7: Close the lid and brew for 24 hours.
  • Step 8: Add 1x bag Activator Day 2 powder to the water. Do not add the Activator into the compost bag. Mix the powder into the water by hand. Mix the compost by hand by squeezing the compost bag a few times. Close the lid and brew for 24 hours.
  • Step 9: 48 hours from the start of the brew, the Compost Tea is ready for application.
  • Note: Be aware that if you turn off the compressor and the brewer is full, water or tea may flow back into the compressor and damage it, to avoid a backflow place the compressor higher than the water level. While this does not happen often, Ecosoil and Dirty Hands Inc. cannot be held responsible for such damages.
  • Note: Be sure to turn the heater off before your start emptying the brewer. If the heater is left on and is not submerged, the heater will burn out. Ecosoil and Dirty Hands Inc. cannot be held responsible for such damages.
  • Note: for best results the compost in the compost bag should be mixed by hand at least 2 times a day. This will prevent growth of microbes on the bag and will help release more fungi from the compost.
  • Note: Maintain temperatures between 22 °C and 28 °C. Measure temperature regularly using a standard thermometer.
  • The final product is a brown liquid with an earthy to odourless odour. The final pH should be above 8.00

Cleaning of the System:

  • Clean regularly with the soap provided (a mild soap with antimicrobial properties). Ensure all items are clean: heater, pipes, compost bag, lid, tank, taps.
    • To mix the soap, place 100ml of the soap into 20L water. Use this water to thoroughly wash the system.
  • Rinse well to ensure no soap residues remain.
  • When not in use, the system must always be stored in a clean state.

Application of Compost Tea

Vegetables; Flowers; Irrigated Grains; Pastures:

  • As a ground treatment: 100-200 L per hectare (10-20ml per m2) every 2 weeks with a total of 600-800 L per hectare per season (60-80ml per m2 per season). Apply with water.
  • As a foliar treatment: 50-100 L per hectare (5-10ml per m2) a season as a 1-in-5 dilution with water.

Orchards:

  • Young establishing tress: 300L per hectare (30ml per m2) once a month, from flowering to harvesting, as a ground application.
  • Established trees: 200 L per hectare (20ml per m2) once a month, from flowering to harvesting; as a ground application.
  • As a foliar treatment: 50-100 L per hectare (5-10ml per m2) a season as a 1-in-5 dilution with water.

Dry land Grains:

  • 60-100L per hectare (6-10ml per m2) applied to seeds at planting.
  • As a foliar treatment: 50-100 L per hectare (5-10ml per m2) a season as a 1-in-5 dilution with water.

Note: Higher amounts of Compost Tea can be added, as long as the Compost Tea is mixed with water.

Ensure the water you are using to dilute with the compost tea is chlorine free, either by aerating the water for 1hr or leaving the water to stand open for 24hrs.

Additional information

Weight 65 kg

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