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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2004 6:48 am 
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I just printed out all of Howard's recipes and am getting ready to do some brewin' :D

The compost tea recipe calls for 5-15 gallon bucket. If I make 5 gallons of this, do I need to use it all at once or will it "keep"? And if it keeps, how best to store it? Also, I don't have any manure in my compost - is this going to affect the effectiveness of the tea?

The garlic pepper tea: is this primarily for insect control? My roses are presently being chomped on & I'd like to have a *few* blossoms left. Again, the recipe seems to be for a lot more than I need for a single application & if I can, how do I store the concentrate?

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Another question: the Garrett juice calls for 1oz molassas. What kind of molasses? Liquid, dried? Can I use the grocery store kind?


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Anything but dried. The dried stuff is dried onto chipped corn cobs or rice hulls. It does not go back into solution when wet.

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Gotcha.

Still would like to know what the shelf life of this stuff is and how best to store what I don't use in a single application. Would milk jugs work OK?


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I don't know what the shelf life of home brews is but I have had various mixes stored for 6 months or so with no real problem. The tea mixes can get clumps in them after awhile. Before using, always shake well & strain if spraying product. One note of caution; leave lids on loose. If you don't, you can burst container from the pressure that builds up. Milk jugs are OK but heavier bottles like 5-liter olive oil bottles hold up much better.

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Thanks!
Makes perfect sense about the lids, but I certainly wouldn't have thought about it till something went KABOOM! :lol


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