What's up everyone? I drove up to the headquarters of Black Diamond Vermicompost today and picked up some worm castings from the owner of the company. She was extremely friendly and I can't wait to use the EWC both in my soil mix and to brew some teas. I had picked up a few bags of Worm Gold Plus EWC at the local nursery and it does not even come close in comparison to the vermicompost from Black Diamond. The Black Diamond EWC looks and smells 100 times fresher then Worm Gold Plus. It was 20 dollars fro 20 pounds of EWC that she bagged in front of me. It was a bit of a drive but I'm sure it was worth it. These EWC look so much different then the bagged kind from the nursery. It looked to me like the company is expanding and if any of you get a chance to pick some up, definitely give it a try. Good price for a great product yet I am not sure how widely they are available outside of the San Luis Obispo area. Regardless I am really excited about the really fresh EWC and cant wait to brew some tea. Everyone I have asked so far has not known anything about using aloe vera rather than molasses. At Black Diamond Vermicompost today the owner explained to me that the carbohydrates of molasses only feed a select group of the bacteria in your tea and I am thinking that aloe vera may contain more complex sugar carbs. I would appreciate any clarification on that if anyone has any ideas. I am questioning if I should use a bit of both in my tea for a bit of diversity, or if aloe vera covers it. Also, everyone I have talked to so far about tea's around town have told me that they add humic acid. I thought that I had read a thread at some point in which LD and Jerry were talking about side by side tests disproving the effectiveness of humic acid, but wasn't to sure if there were any special specifications about that and was having a bit of trouble finding the thread. Once again I would appreciate if anyone could clear that up for me. Thanks very much for the recommendation of Black Diamond Vermicompost LD! I am in the process of building a little tea brewer and will try to takes some pictures of the brewer and EWC while I am working tomorrow. Any help clearing that bit of confusion up for me is much appreciated, and definitely try to get ahold of some Black Diamond EWC if you get a chance.