Now when it comes to AACT's the idea is to have a balanced tea across the micro-herd, correct?
I know that there are a number of microbes that we want in our soils. I know that the bubbles tease out the bacteria. In addition to bacteria and fungi I know that we want Protozoa and Nematodes as well. Are these life forms available in the brewed tea?
Nematodes don't really like the liquid medium and don't reproduce in ACT. You will get bacteria/archea, fungal hyphae, flagellates, and ciliates.
Don't really worry about the bacteria, it's easy to get to multiply.
The reason fish hydrolysate is better (as explained to me yesterday by Tim Wilson of Microbe Organics) is that it's typically the whole fish and is processed using enzymes. He's tested the Organic Gem brand and it works quite well. Neptune's Harvest is another reputable brand as well. It also isn't as stinky. Fish Emulsion on the other hand is subjected to high temperatures in the processing, and I can vouch from using the microscope that it doesn't produce nearly the same fungal growth that you get from fish hydrolysate.
For brewing times, you'll typically see fungal hyphae start to grow around 18 hours when brewing near 70F. Anywhere between 24-36 hours can have good fungal growth, though you really need a microscope to find that "sweet spot." For the person without a microscope, I'd recommend keeping your brew between 24-36 hours. You could always alternate the brew times, as the longer brew time will most likely have less bacteria, but more flagellates and vice versa.My 5 gallon recipe is:
1 heaping cup of KIS Fungal Compost
1/2 cup Microbe Catalyst
1 T. Organic Alfalfa Meal
Tim Wilson of Microbe Organics (Microbe Organics
) recommends these ratios based on his testing:
2.38% by volume compost or vermicompost (EWC) per gallon = .38 cups or around half a cup max or about 2 cups in 5 gallons max.
0.5 to 0.75% molasses by volume per gallon = 1.28 to 1.92 tablespoons per gallon. 0.75% is the maximum I use. It is a good bacterial and fungal food.
0.063% fish hydrolysate by volume per gallon = 0.16 tablespoon = 0.479 teaspoons or half a teaspoon
0.25% (max) kelpmeal by volume per gallon = 0.64 tablespoon or half a tablespoon