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Posted 28 February 2010 - 05:28 PM
Chunk, great post dude. Thanks for sharing with us your ACT method.
Using a 7 gallon brewer you end up with "x" gallons of tea. All of what I've read on ACT's is that the tea needs to be used quickly after brewing to benefit from the microbial growth. That said, what do you do with the remainder of the tea say 24 - 48 hours (or longer ?) after brewing it? Do you then use it as an extract for nutrient value versus an ACT for microbial value? It seems such a waste to toss it out or into the compost heap. And finally, what is your application rate and frequency for your container size?
Edited by LumperDawgz, 28 February 2010 - 06:11 PM.
Posted 28 February 2010 - 05:44 PM
Posted 28 February 2010 - 06:02 PM
Thanks Lump. I still have not connected all the dots for the correct use of an extract. I'm unclear on the useful life after brewing an extract and I'm unsure on the science of application strength/dosage.
I think I'm getting it for the ACT/AACT methods. But brewing many gallons worth of ACT's and using only a small pct of the overall brew and having the remainder being of questionable longer term use seems to be rather inefficient. But, since we're using an ACT only once (maybe twice?) during the life-cycle is the waste trade-off vs benefit of little concern to us?
I just haven't had the "aha" moment yet for these two seperate processes (extract and ACT) and how I should be correctly using each over the 90 - 120 day life-cycle of the grow.
Edited by LumperDawgz, 28 February 2010 - 06:05 PM.
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Posted 28 August 2010 - 09:25 AM
I use an Eco-Plus[IMG]http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:Jy1CX88fkt85sM:http://www.natureshydroponics.com/image_manager/attributes/image/image_2/42190509_9879693.jpg[/IMG] commercial air 5 pump on my brewer.
Posted 28 August 2010 - 02:59 PM
Edited by madodah, 28 August 2010 - 03:02 PM.
Posted 29 August 2010 - 11:35 AM
Madodah hit it on the head for sure.....this pump is a loud sum bitch......I brew in a separate room in my shop, and can barely hear it through the walls, but in the room, it makes a racket. The trade off is that it puts out a lot of D.O.
I would suggest mounting the pump to a piece of plywood with some rubber spacers to dampen the sound, as a lot of the sound comes from the vibration of the pumps feet on the floor.
Posted 29 August 2010 - 01:15 PM
I recalled from the Lowenfel book that he advocated the use of an aquarium pump....hmmm. I'll go read some mo!
Thanks bro's. That is exactly the feedback I was looking for - personal and on-the-ground, real world experience.
Posted 29 August 2010 - 01:29 PM
The book does show an aquarium pump which is why I've posted before that while the Teaming book is great - you can pretty much forget much/most of the chapter on brewing AACT and in particular the air pump that he used in the photo. Ridiculous.
If one wanted to use a small pump like the one shown in the book's photo that would be fine for brewing 1 - 1.5 gallons and quite frankly for many folks that might be the best way to start, i.e. get the process down working with a small batch before moving up to 5 gallons.
At the risk of repeating myself - in the 'real world' of inoculating an orchard, vineyard, et al., 5 gallons of tea is what is applied to an entire acre. A gallon or so, properly made, should be more than enough for a few plants in a grow room.
Posted 29 August 2010 - 01:35 PM
Posted 29 August 2010 - 01:48 PM
YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary
Probably a generational thing - it's from those stupid gasoline commercials when you and I were young as the moderator's voice would advocate using their gasoline product because of the massive increase in fuel mileage but with the warning/caveat - Your Mileage May Vary.
Do ya think???????????????
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