JOHN KOHLER: Alright, this is John Kohler
with Growingyourgreens.com. Today we have another exciting episode for you and I’m
on yet another field trip. No, sorry guys, not in my garden teaching you guys about gardening
stuff, but this is going to be an important episode for you guys that want to brew some
compost tea, because where we’re at today, we’re at Rohnert Park in California at 366
City Center Drive, and where we’re at is the home of the Boogie Brew Company. And the Boogie Brew Company makes my favorite
compost tea that I use in my garden plus they offer you guys many different, the products
that I use in my garden, that you can’t find anywhere else, and more specifically,
at the lowest possible prices. It’d be great to talk about their products today, but we’re
not really going to do that. We’re going to take you inside the Boogie Brew Company
real quick, show you around real quick, but the meat of this episode, so to speak, is
going to be talking to the owner Josh, who’s a master compost tea formulator, and he’s
going to be sharing his open source compost tea with you guys. So what is open source? I’m big into open
source, if you guys have been watching me for any length of time you know I’m into
open source. I love the Linux operating system simply because it’s open source. What open
source is it means there’s no trade secrets. Companies, these big companies want to protect
their trade secrets so they can make more money, and that’s bullshit. GMOs like trade
secrets. We’re going to keep our trade secrets and patent life. I’m into heirloom seeds
that people grow the seeds, they can save their seeds, they can grow them out, and then
they can pass them along to friends. This is how garden grow, not through corporate
companies trying to keep all the secrets, all this kind of stuff. So I think there needs
to be more open source in the world; people sharing ideas and secrets. There’s many different open source projects
online that share ideas and leave it to the community to improve it. And when things are
put out to the people to improve it, it’s much better than one single person or a group
of people or a corporation to try to improve something, so we’ll see massive benefits.
And the things that I like to talk about are the things that are going to benefit society.
All my gardening videos are open source. I do this for free, I do this for no charge
to you guys. You guys can watch all my videos any time and what we’re going to get Josh
to share with you guys is compost tea: how he makes this Boogie Brew Tea, what ingredients
he uses so you guys in case you don’t want to buy his stuff, you guys can make your own.
That’s what I try to show in my videos, whether you have money and you want to buy
a lot of stuff, great. We’re going to show you how you can make
it on your own without buying his premade compost tea. So now we’re going to head
into Boogie Brew. They’re open Monday through Friday from 4:20 to 12:20, so figure that
one out. So here we are in Boogie Brew. This is literally a home office. What it is is
the downstairs is the office, and the upstairs is where Josh lives. So this is a home-based
business here at Rohnert Park, and Josh is considered the Amazon of compost tea. Probably
sells more compost tea online than anybody I know. That’s why I came to the expert,
and as you guys can see, they’ve got a little display showroom here where you can come and
pick stuff up and tell him you want the GYG Special to come to beautiful Rohnert Park
in County to pick up all these great products, including the Boogie Humus, the Elemite, and
of course the water filters that I use in my very garden to get the chlorine out; it
really is that important. Next I want to take you guys on a quick tour
of the warehouse to share with you guys how much really they’re shipping and how hard
they’re working here. So where I’m at now is the Boogie Brew Warehouse. It’s not
just a warehouse in an industrial park; this is Josh’s garage, where he would park his
car, but he parks outside because he’s fully stocked here with all the Boogie Brew products,
and does the shipping out of here so that you guys can get the Boogie Brew, the compost
tea, the Elemite, and all the other products that he offers that he ships literally all
over the country. Let’s go ahead and check out the Boogie Brew warehouse and show you
some of the steps that goes on here. Over in this area they’ve got all the boxes that
you may have seen from my other videos. This is actually the Ellie box, the Elemite box.
This is 50 pounds of rock dust that they’ll sell you for one low price, delivered flat
rate. Maybe I should do some curls with these guys. Wow, that’s quite heavy. That’s probably
the best deal on rock dust that you’ll find. Here they got the Cascade minerals, rock dust
box, a lot more stout and heavy there. Then of course they’ve got the Sea-90 products,
these are the trace minerals I like from the sea. I recommend using the rock and the sea
minerals. Here’s a Boogie, it has a fungal-dominated soil organisms to your garden. Of course the
Boogie Brew compost tea, Josh’s flagship product that when I originally met him, I
came to him for the compost tea and I’ve been using it and hooked on the tea every
since. They got a stock of all different kinds of stuff here, as you can see, they’re just
packing and shipping the orders. They’re actually quite organized here and when they
do have stock to ship, they get it out fairly quickly. Here’s the pallet of the boxes
that’ll be going out, probably to one of you guys. Let’s see here. If you’re Salvador
Vasquez in L.A., what’s up dude, your box is going out today. Alright, and they have all the other stuff,
too. Like Aryba, pure Neem oil, the Dr. Bronnard’s soap, the super clean Neem, which is some
of the ways that I like to control pests in my garden. But we’re not here to talk about
all that stuff today. What we’re here to talk about is actually to talk to Josh directly
about the compost tea that he sells. What we’re going to do for that is we’re going
to go over his compost tea facility where he mixes and makes the compost tea that ends
up in the bags here that gets shipped out to you guys, and we’re going to share with
you guys how you can make your own at home, without buying his, because I’m all for
saving money whenever possible. Alright now I’m going to take you into the Boogie Bunker,
and this is where Josh formulates his secret compost tea recipe. He has 17 different unique
ingredients that go into his compost tea to make it. One of the reasons I like his compost tea
is it doesn’t contain any manure products other than worm castings. I’m not a big
fan of using animal manures as a compost tea and people could say, “Compost tea, what
does that mean?” I means you put compost in water and let it seep for a few hours and
call that compost tea. That’s not what I’m talking about. When I say compost tea, I mean
a biologically active compost tea and it comes down to the ingredients he includes enlivens
and feeds the bacteria in the compost tea to bring them alive. We’re going to go inside
the Boogie Bunker and talk to Josh and have him share with you all the different ingredients
plus his open source compost tea recipe for you guys. So now we’re with Josh Cunnings, the formulator
of the Boogie Brew compost tea, and we’re going to have him share his open source version
of the compost tea that he makes to sell to you guys. So first off Josh, I want to ask
you why are you sharing your compost tea recipe with the world? I mean they could basically
now rip you off and make their own stuff and sell it and put you out of business. JOSH: Well, first of all, let me say that
I want people to brew baby brew, instead of drill baby drill for more oil to pour on our
soil, or buy baby buy. Exactly. All those liquid products that are made from chemicals
which originate from oil and gas. So, come on. We get people who come to us, and they
have multiple hundreds of gallons of compost tea that they need us to make, and we just
sell them the bulk ingredients. It’s easier to do that. Most of our customers, they’re
happy buying our one-stop shop as you famously remember the name. One-stop shop recipe. If
a grower was to buy individually each of our ingredients and mix this together themselves,
which we strongly encourage for those who it’s economically viable to do so, absolutely,
please do, and that’s what we’re going to talk about today. But for most of them it’s just more convenient
to buy our one-stop shop recipes. If you were to add up the cost of these ingredients and
make it yourself, the typical grower on the street would end up spending at least $5,
$6 a pound. Now they grow a deal, either from the GYG page or ask for it at their local
grow supply store that proudly sells Boogie Brew, and get it for around that price. $4o
to $50 bucks for an eight-pounder is 150 gallons of compost tea, of world-class veganic fertilizing
compost tea. So why am I doing this? Because I believe in what you believe in: open-source
wisdom. Rip open all these supposed secrets about organic horticulture and offer people
the real insider knowledge of what it takes to produce a world-class compost tea that
in turn is going to produce world-class results in your garden. So in a nutshell, why am I doing this? Because
you asked me to and because I believe in the power of GYG, and I want you guys to have
every avenue that’s available to you to brew your own way to a greener, healthier,
and much more successful gardening thumb today. JOHN: Wow, wow. I mean, definitely agree with
the open source and I’m glad Josh has shared this with you guys so you guys can brew your
own if you don’t want to buy his stuff. So Josh, let’s talk about the basic ingredients
that go into your compost tea because you’re basically using the Worm Castings and the
Boogie Humus not in any kind of manure-based product as in other tea recipes. Tell us about
these guys and what percentages are you using in your tea. JOSH: Well, California vermiculture. John
did a video where he interviewed its founder John Howard and I got to give George some
credit here. George is one of my mentors in organic horticulture industry. It’s a vegan
casting. Any good compost tea begins with super high-quality worm casting. Now commercially,
as a worm casting you can buy bang your buck, nothing beats the power of Worm Gold Plus.
And we take comfort in the fact that this is a veganic casting, i.e., the worms that
produce such high-quality, high-cellulites, we won’t have time to talk about those cellulites,
those cellulates, and those kinase enzyme levels today, but what I can say is that bang
for your buck, bulk granola cereal pricing, soil ecology building dollar value, nothing
comes close to Worm Gold Plus. Two million colony-forming units per driveway that dissolves
the exo-skeletal matter of the bugs, the chitin, and also 200 million colony-forming units
per dry weight gram of cellulose, the enzyme that helps dissolve the highphol bats of things
like mildew spores. So right there, plus it’s just so solid. Literally you could eat this. You could make a tea just out of Worm Gold
and drink it. And unlike manure-based worm castings, i.e. worms that are fed a horse
manure stock, these are grain-fed worm, non GMO-grain mind you, and also kiatanic chitin,
and cellulose-rich diet. That means things as simple as cardboard, and as complex as
the shelves from beetles backs that they use in the natural food dyes industry and etc.
So one-third all of your compost tea recipe, John, should be a quality worm casting and
also a quality humus, a quality compost. What is the different between a compost and a humus?
That is a good question and one I’m still learning the answer to. Compost, is obviously
what it is, it’s composted biodegraded matter that comes out of people’s waste bins that
you make in a jar or composter. Humus is the aged, broken down further biodegraded version
of that. Our humus, it comes from what we call the
Boogie Humus made by an immaculate church, the meloprofile apostle himself, and this
is a minimum of a 16-month aged product. That means it goes through its mandatory PRP, which
the state of California at least requires for you to register a product as a compost.
While it does go through that heat process to kill off any bad microbes and bad bugs
that are in the composted wood chips, it then undergoes another year plus length of cold
fermentation biodegradation, which is relying on fungal decomposition to create what we
feel is a world-class wood chip based humus. It’s 85 percent plus woodchip and barely
15 percent green waste go into the formulation of our Boogie Humus. Now, these two ingredients
without a doubt in my opinion make up the basis of any world-class compost tea. A good
worm casting, which is going to produce the bacterial biology for you, and a good woodchip-based
vegan humus that’s going to produce the fungal conditions in your tea and thus in
your soil that are then beneficial for creating a microbial and fungal beneficial web of life
in the soil. JOHN: Wow, wow, I mean I definitely agree
with these products. I add these products to my own soil mix. Aside from brewing them
as a compost tea, but Josh you got another 15 different products to go over here that
are all important to your tea recipe. You’re not just using these alone, so let’s go
ahead and get into those next. So now we’re going to get into individual ingredients that
are also added to Josh’s world-class compost tea, and these are the kelp products that
I like so much. You may even notice this stuff here, the kelp meal you can actually buy at
the local health food store and eat it yourself. A lot of this stuff is food-grade, so Josh,
why do you put the kelp meal in your compost tea, and what’s the different between them? JOSH: Well, sure John. The reason I add kelp
to my compost tea recipe is because kelp is a stunning microbial booster. It’s just
loaded with hormones, with minerals, unique extracts that are only available through kelp,
which goes deep into the ocean floor and harvests massive levels of ocean nutrition for your
soil and thus for your plants with its contents. Now the different between these two products
is one the dehydrated juice with huge levels of potassium and it’s 17 percent. The other is more like the whole kelp fiber,
the kelp meal. Distinctly different products. One is a lot stronger than the other, but
they both have their unique disposition to improving the microbial quality of your tea,
and I like to use both the kelp meal and I like to use the kelp extract. I’m not going
to disclose my precise ratios to you right now but I am going to tell you that together
these two products compost a 20 to 25 percent range of all the good compost tea recipes,
including Boogie Brew. That’s it for the kelp propaganda right here, but it’s also
an incredibly crucial ingredient in your own open-sourced world-class compost tea. JOHN: So I love kelp and other seaweeds and
I try to include them in my diet for minerals regularly as you probably should put it in
your compost tea, as you just learned. But next we got another two more food ingredients
that you can buy at your health food store, including this stuff here. This nutritional
yeast flakes, it imparts a cheesy flavor on food you put it on, and next here we’ve
got the soy aminos. That stuff will definitely stink you up, and it’s also known as Bragg’s
Liquid Aminos if you go to any health food store. So Josh, tell us about these two products
next. JOSH: Sure, absolutely John. Most of you are
familiar with the soy amino, although you don’t know it by name, you certainly know
it by sight by having seen it for decades in your health food stores under the name
of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. Well, this is the identical product in a sensibly priced
agriculture water-soluble dehydrated powder grade. Now, this is all amino acids from soy.
There’s one product I would prefer in my compost tea recipe, but I am unable to add
it because it makes it too rich, and that’s the pure protein John that we recommend that
comes from codfish. We’re trying to keep our tea recipe veganic, no animal products,
so that would exclude all fish, and also we need to keep it stable in the bag, so we substitute
in the Agmino, 14-0-0. Don’t be fooled by the high nitrogen rating
folks, because this is all in the form of free-form amino acids, which can only be found
from a truly enzymatically-digested water-soluble hydrolyzed soy amino extract and it’s certified
non-GMO soy. Microbes, just like humans, they feast on amino acids. The secret with this
stuff is not to use too much. I recommend don’t go above about five to ten percentile
range on your own compost tea recipe using a product like the Agmino, or, even better,
your protein John. Now let’s move on to one of our favorites. I can remember growing
up on this in a vegan hippie household. Yes indeed, the substitute for the cheese flavoring
on your popcorn, your Yeast 500 Flakes right here. Now, just like the humans we loved all the
different B vitamins and the amino acids that are afforded to us in a quality. Believe me,
it’s even better because also the phosphorus in it, which is a little too high for the
human body but oh my God, plants go crazy on this and microbes go crazier. So we use
a lot of this food-grade Brusies product in our compost tea. You’re welcome to use as
much as, let’s say, I’m going to be vague, but 20 percent of your recipe. Between 10
and 20 percent should be a quality brews yeast product. B vitamins and a lot of amino acids,
and there’s just something about the fermented quality of this food source that the microbes
go crazy about. JOHN: Now we’re going to talk about the
next two ingredients that Josh uses in his tea. And these are commonly used amendments
to add to your soil to add nutrition. So tell us about the soybean meal organic and the
organic alfalfa meal. JOSH: Sure John. Soybean meal has always been
one of my all around nitrogen inputs for your soil. Actually, Neem seed meal, we’ll talk
about that in another episode. Soybean meal, it affords the same quality to a compost tea
recipe that something like soybean miso would afford to the human gastrointestinal tract.
It creates the right conditions of the microbes to really flourish and produce themselves
in. Why that is, I can’t really tell you. I’m
not a soil scientist. Many of you know me as being the produce of Boogie Brew, and formulator
of what we like to call a world-class compost tea recipe, but the truth is, not even the
most esteemed soil biologist on Earth truly understands the nature of what’s going on
in the ground beneath us. All I Know is, soybean meal is a fantastic microbial repopulating
food source, so I like to use lots of it in Boogie Brew, again, up to 10, 15 percent of
your recipe should be something like this. Now, make sure John, you tell your viewers,
make sure you use a certified non-GMO. It’s getting harder and harder to find a non-genetically-modified
soybean. This, of course, we have our friends Down to Earth, whose products we all sell
in bulk here. They’re just fantastic. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to produce Boogie
Brew for you, so I’m very grateful that this company is producing a sensibly-priced
bulk amendment like the non-GMO certified organic soybean meal. Now, with the alfalfa,
it gets a little richer, a little more activation. Same basic component. It’s contributing
nitrogen and making the tea more active. Alfalfa, just for your information, can be used in
your own home composters to increase the thermal decomposition of your compost. I would go
easy on this. Don’t easy more than five to ten percent of your compost tea recipe,
but nonetheless it is a crucial ingredient. I love what alfalfa does to compost, to soil
and yes indeed, to a world-class compost tea. JOHN: And to yourself. You could actually
eat alfalfa juice meal, and alfalfa juice powders. They’re another green food for
us, and another green food for the microbes. JOSH: I believe the Greeks translate it as,
alfalfa in Greek means “father of all foods.” So certainly it’s the granddaddy of a good
compost tea recipe. JOHN: So next we’re going to talk about
some of the mineral products that go into help feed the microbes, but also feed your
plants once you spray them on topically or foiler feed or soiler drench with the compost
tea. So Josh, what do we have here? We have the Sea-90. What does this do and how much
should somebody use? JOSH: Alright, Sea-90, one of Boogie Brew’s
all-time favorite agriculture inputs and yes indeed, what we believe is a critical ingredient
in any world-class compost tea recipe. This stuff comes from Baja California, from the
Sea of Cortes, where the San Andreas Fault makes landfall. The place where the Colorado
River used to deposit millions of years’ worth of Rocky Mountain river deposit. So
you get the best of sea, the land, and thermal venting from the San Andreas Fault, so you
get a geographically unique region in the world where sea meets land and twice a year,
the ocean does this flood tide and between 30 miles it pulls back and as it leaves behind
in the high beds and the higher spots a deposit which is dehydrated purely by the sun, what
we feel is the world’s greatest salt. Just amazing stuff, good for humans, too. Comes
with 90 elements in it and yes indeed, microbes feed on this stuff. In fact, John, to my knowledge and from what
I understand from my good friends at Sea Agri is that this is the only probiotic salt. So
it’s the only salt that has all these elements in it that allow for microscopic reproduction
of all probiotic life forms. So imagine the sauerkraut companies out that that could benefit
from using this stuff. All we know is it seems to make a fabulous difference in our tea recipe,
but go easy on it. Remember, the ancient Egyptians, they used to pray to a god called Hapi for
a once a year tidal flood of the Mediterranean Sea flooding the whole Nile River Delta rice-growing
region. They only wanted it once a year so just that
one time per crop cycle, a salt water flood rinse created the right microbial conditions
with all of those unique positively charged elements that are only available in sea water
to allow microbes to then reproduce themselves in their soil. So every time you use up to
five percent, no more. No more than five percent in your recipe of Sea-90. Guess what’s going
to happen? It’s going to make that tea explode with life. JOHN: I also recommend a foiler feeding and
soiler drench of the Sea-90 diluted properly to water to add the trace minerals into your
soil and get them into your plants as well. They will respond. JOSH: But no more than once a month. Less
is more with the Sea-90 John. JOHN: So some of these bulk ingredients are
actually fairly inexpensive, but some of them get quite expensive, so that’s why this
one is in this special container, because this is one of the ones that gets quite expensive.
So Josh, what have we got here? JOSH: John, here we have yet another critical
ingredient which we don’t believe in using too much on, excuse me. This is the water
soluble humic Acid crystals. Now, this should not be used more than maybe three to seven
percent, right around a five percent range on your own compost tea recipe. And that is
because too much humic content can actually damage microbial repopulation. You want that
humic to get down into the home that you’ve built for it in the soil, where it then builds
the conditions to allow the nutrients to be broken down properly. So humic acid is basically
pure carbon in liquid form. Humic acid is basically the only source of broken down carbon
that’s available to your soil, so go easy on the stuff. Too much of a good thing, like too much of
a good dessert, too much of a good thing is definitely not good, but about five percent
of your compost tea recipe can reliably be a product like this, the water-soluble humic
acid crystals. And what it’ll do is it’ll help that compost tea to then create, John,
in the soil itself, the kingdom that you’re building for that tea, it’ll help create
the right conditions for carbon degradation and for conversion of nutrients to your plants.
That’s what humic is known as, the great catalyst in organic horticulture. JOHN: Wow, there are so many different ingredients
in this compost tea and each ingredient has a specific reason in there. If there wasn’t
a reason, it wouldn’t be in there and I think it’s sad that people make compost
tea out of just worm castings and expect it to be the best when it’s missing a lot of
these different ingredients that each od something special. Let’s learn about the last few
ingredients that Josh adds to his world-class compost tea. So Josh, let’s go ahead and
talk about these next few ingredients that go in your compost tea. These ingredients
that you can add directly to your soil, of course in the right proportions. JOSH: Alright, so this here is calcium phosphate.
It’s a colloidal, that means a negatively-charged clay-bound form of calcium and phosphate,
and primarily we’re adding it to Boogie Brew to act as a fast, quick-release source
of phosphorus to your plants’ roots. Yes, microbes seem to love it too, but again, trying
to formulate an all-in-one one-stop shop food-based compost tea recipe, we feel wisely including
calcium phosphate in a powdered, or even you can get a granulated form that’s a little
cheaper. This stuff’s actually hard to get. There’s been some floods in Florida recently
and most of the stuff’s mined from Florida, so keep in mind the world’s reserves of
calcium phosphate calphos are somewhat limited, including ours right here in America. I mean a few floods in Florida were all it
took to create a shortage of this stuff. Again, no more than five, seven, maybe ten percent
of your tea recipe should be a phosphorus-enhancing ingredient like this right here, the calphos.
Now, let’s go on to talk about one of my favorite all-time mineral products, and yes
indeed it’s the Cascade Minerals from right here on the West Coast in Oregon and I go
for this stuff. Any good compost tea recipe really enjoys the addition of a really high
quality mineral food source for your microbes. Now we already used the positively charge
Sea-90 in our tea recipe but guess what, microbes, just like humans, love a diverse ratio of
different forms of minerals. So while you have your positively charged, instantly available
sea water minerals that are in Sea-90, you also have your negatively charge. Remember
the negative charge is something like a colloidal charge, clay powder that women use to pull
toxins from their skin. It absorbs and penetrates and structure. So
you can go ahead and be as generous as you want with imparting the benefits of a colloidally-formed
terra-formed mineral, a volcanic ash deposit product like this one here, the Cascade Minerals.
Could be something more simple like a clay powder. It could be a Rocky Mountain deposit
like the Elemite that I love so much. The reason I like the Cascade is it’s dark;
anything dark is good for a compost tea recipe. It imparts a lot of calcium, it imparts a
lot of magnesium, and it’s granulated, and that consistency on the granulation is critical
to creating a pillow of ingredients that are not too soft and not too compacted and slimy. So I really try to go for granulated products
whenever I can in a compost tea recipe. And the reason for that is you’re getting more
BSA — bacterial surface area — on every little granule of this mineral matter than
you otherwise would in a powdered product. So in any compost tea recipe, a quality mineral
is definitely going to act as a catalyst that benefits the electrical charges afforded by
all those mineral atoms to the microbes. Try to think of a compost tea recipe of the mind
that microbe, and what it would like to feast on in that tea recipe. And so that’s how
I arrived at adding a quality volcanic rock mineral deposit product to my tea recipe.
Again, no more than five, seven, ten percent on a product like Cascade Minerals. JOHN: I like to use the Cascade Minerals in
my own garden as well as other rock dust and I recommend you guys you use the rock dust
in your garden with the soil along with the compost tea. So Josh, it looks like the next
ingredient you’re using is the Florida crystal certified evaporated cane juice. If my smoothie’s
not sweet enough, because I’m using unripe bananas from the store and I don’t even
buy organic ones, can I add that stuff to my smoothies to make them sweeter? Is that
same stuff that I would eat? JOSH: Absolutely. In fact, John, if World
War III happened right now, I could come into the Boogie Bunker and I could eat a bunch
of this stuff. I’m not sure that I would enjoy doing so, but I would be afforded enough
basic human nutrition to survive for several months. Now the Florida cane juice crystals,
they’re a good clean product. I can get them in bulk at a reasonable price. A lot
of people know the benefits of adding something like molasses. You probably heard about adding
molasses to a compost tea recipe. Unfortunately, in Boogie Brew’s case, for use to have a
good, stable and yet active recipe dehydrated in a bag ready for you guys to activate for
literally pennies to a gallon, when we add molasses it makes it too rich so the microbes,
they already have the main course. They don’t need too much dirt. So we like
to add, instead of a molasses product, we like to add the certified organic, obviously
it’s ideal to get a good evaporated cane juice crystal, far more than just a sugar.
What makes this better than a typical organic sugar is that it’s a whole cane juice crystal
and once again, just like the human body, survives much better on a whole food product,
so in turn do microbes. They seem to respond better to wholly evaporated cane juice crystal
product like the Florida cane juice crystals, versus a typical table sugar. If you have
to, go ahead and use your typical table sugar. Now for most compost tea recipes out there,
you can be more liberal in the usage of a sugar source, whether that’s a molasses,
a common table sugar, or one of my favorite products is actually called sucana, we use
that in our Boogie Brew mix. That’s sucana, another evaporated cane juice product. The
most wholesome, darkest, richest cane sugar product that you can put in your tea recipe
is a good sugar to feed your microbes. In Boogie Brew’s case, because we use so many
other foods, that same analogy of “Be care what you wish for”/too much of a good thing
cannot be always beneficial. So, again, because they’re being fed all these other food sources,
they’ve got the main course. They don’t need much dessert. So in our
case, we tend to moderate the amount of sugar that we’re using. In your case you’re
probably thinking,” Hm, how can I take some of these ingredients, if not most of them,
and make my own open source compos tea?” If you’re being more simplistic about this
and using just a quality worm casting, a quality humus, a quality kelp, and then a sugar, then
you can use up to 20 or 25 percent. In our case, we don’t use more than 10 percent
of a sugar in our Boogie Brew recipe and that was for the reason I just described. So this
all sounds kind of vague and complex, well there’s a reason for that. Too much of anything,
especially in a human diet, same thing, too much sugar is not a good thing. But microbes
absolutely feast on this stuff. It’s hard to get wrong using a certified evaporated
cane juice product in your own compost tea recipe. JOHN: I would recommend cane juice product
in your compost tea recipe, but not in your diet. I am not an advocate of eating extracted
whole sugar products. I’d rather eat some stevia leaves out of my garden or some fresh
fruit grown on my own tree enhanced with the rock dust and the Boogie Brew tea. So, Josh,
what’s this next one, the granulated humic acid? JOSH: Okay, so the granulated humic, again,
it’s going to function as a carbon food source for your microbes. So you’ve got
all the high-opting carbon recycles, the live digesters in the tea. You need to give them
a carbon base for them to fire on all cylinders and adding the granulated humic acids to your
tea recipe will accomplish that. Again, you can be a little more liberal with the use
of this product because it’s not so instantly solubilized and broken down, but too much
of a good thing, too much carbon, can overwhelm a good compost tea recipe. So the granulated
humic, think of it as the water-soluble humic but a little more sustained release, a little
easier, more forgiving and you know, five to ten percent once again on your own world-class
compost tea open source recipe with the granulated humic acids. JOHN: Alright Josh, we’re down to the last
two ingredients that are going into your Boogie Brew compost tea. And actually they’re mined
mineral products. I like mineral products not too much. Let’s learn about the Langbeinite
and the Green Sand that’s in your Boogie Brew compost tea. JOSH: Sure. Both of these together are not
going to make more than five to ten percent of your own tea recipe. Those are about the
ratios that we’re using on them in Boogie Brew and yet they contribute unique properties,
catalyzing properties to microbes. Both are great sources of potassium. Langbeinite is
great for sulfate and for magnesium and the green sand is great for potassium. Now green
sand is glauconite. I like it because of the unique color spectrum that it affords my compost
tea. I hate to sound vague, but different colors feed the human diet but the rainbow
diet that we’ve heard of as good for the body, same for the tea. Using these different
colored minerals, I know that sounds vague, but it really seems to work. These are the last two ingredients, they’re
catalyzing ingredients, they’re mined mineral products. One is a great source of mined magnesium,
the langbeinite. The other is a great source of mined potassium. The green sand. Now what
makes these products work so well in a compost tea recipe is that whereas if you were to
ad them to your soil, they would only be available in a slowly released sustained form, guess
what? Microbes have a magic synergizing action on them in a compost tea recipe. They make
the minerals that are available in these unique mined products more bioavailable to your plants,
and that is the name of Boogie’s game. A synergistic effect of taking all these wonderful
veganic food sources together, giving them to you in a one-stop shop both granular biology,
best bang for your buck and you know what? We’re going to be open source. We’re going
to make all of this stuff available to you know for the first time ever as a one-stop
shop open source compost tea platform. JOHN: So now you guys learned what actually
goes into Josh’s Boogie Brew compost tea and basically, he’s got the biology in there
by the Worm Gold Plus and the Boogie Humus. And then he has food for the biology. It’s
not really that difficult, the food being the sugars, the sweeteners, or things like
the minerals coming out of the different products and the hormones out of the kelp. So many
different things that he’s formulated over the years. Next I think it’s really important
to you guys to share with you guys why Josh came up with this Boogie Brew compost tea
product and why he’s so passionate to get it out to people, so we’re going to sit
down with Josh and ask him a few more questions about the world-class Boogie Brew compost
tea. JOHN: So this is how Josh mixes his compost
tea. You may not want to invest in a cement mixer to do that, how can somebody mix up
their compost tea Josh? JOSH: I started out with my own tea recipe
back when I was a grower. I would just literally mix everything by hand as best as I could
in a bolk tobin. So take that one third of your recipe that should be a quality worm
casting and a quality biodegraded wood compost wood chip product, ideally something that’s
already become a humus, and then add all those food sources that we just got done talking
about, and literally mix it up in a tobin by hand. If you want to go upgrade and go
to the next step you can get a mixer. I sit here and make between, I still make the tea
damnit, between 2500 and a 1000 pounds of this stuff a night and yes indeed, I make
it all right here with a good old faithful Ribbon blending mixer, or you can even use
something like a concrete mixer. This has a ribbon in it that also turns and
mixes the ingredients for us, but definitely creating a good granular mix, try to buy those
granulated ingredients. Remember, the magic happens not in the ingredients themselves,
but in the air pockets that are built between those ingredients. The BSA, the bacterial
surface area. Those are all your different crevices, all your little air pockets and
spaces for the microbes to repopulate themselves, to colonize, but definitely creating a good
mix with a quality mixer is a very good idea. It’s going to create a better compost tea
for you. JOHN: Alright Josh, so you make I don’t
know how many thousands of pounds that you make every night now, and you have a really
fast turnover, so I don’t want somebody to go out and buy tons of this stuff and make
a ton of compost tea and they sit on it for years, is it still going to be active after
a year? How long can you store the compost tea? JOSH: That won’t work at all. In fact, the
biggest pillow of ingredients that we now make and sell in an active but stable form
is our eight-pound bag. We’ve actually quit selling our 15-pound bag because the recipe
we produce has gotten so rich and active that the microbes will suffocate if the pillow
of ingredients is too large. So we recommend put the magic, there’s one more ingredient
we didn’t talk about that goes into this bin every darn night. I try to remember it,
alright? JOHN: Do you pee in the bin? I would. JOSH: I bet you would, with your veganic pee
you would. I call it the love vitamin. Vitamin L, it comes from the heart, it comes from
the head, and definitely like when there’s clumps of the worm castings or clumps of the
Sea-90 that I get in there, I try to break it up. Think of what the microbes are going
to love. They’re going to want you to give them that love vitamin. The Vitamin L goes
in there and produces a better mix, but don’t get greedy, don’t try to obsesses and do
too much of a good thing. This is a very active recipe we’ve been talking about here today
in the world’s first ever open source compost tea recipe episode, which I’m proud to do
with you, but remember what I said, be careful what you wish for. If you mix this recipe
yourselves, do it respectfully and in small quantities just like we do here at Boogie
Brew. Too much of a good thing is not always a good thing. JOHN: So Josh I see that you’ve got a mountain
of ingredients on a pallet and you’ve got some in these bins. How do you store all these
ingredients and will they ever expire? JOSH: That’s a good question. In bulk form.
Most of the ingredients we purchase for Boogie Brew’s usage are very stable, but when they
get combined into our own bulk granola dried recipe, guess what, those ingredients start
to feed on each other and the microbial web begins to reproduce itself and so storage
becomes critical. So keep it below 80, 85 degrees, no more than eight to ten pounds
at a time of the dried ingredients and keep them low to the ground in the summertime,
maybe high up off the ground in the wintertime. Too much moisture, but in the summer, away
from too much heat. Heat is definitely a good rich tea recipe’s
enemy so you want to go for sensible, store it the way you would bulk apples or dried
fruits in your pantry or you basement. once you’ve created the minimal amount — I
would go for the minimal amount — the minimal quantity, because I don’t want you to ruin
a good thing and build a mountain of ingredients and do what we’ve done from research, which
is destroy a really awesome recipe. I would make a minimal quantities that are needed,
store those dried ingredients just like we do in a breathable packaging, not in a plastic
bin for God’s sakes, and remember, infuse it and use it before you lose it. All that good biology, put it to good use.
Go and brew it. Brew baby brew. Get it into the soil, into the kingdom that you’re building
for those microbes so that they can then recolonize, repopulate themselves and continue to feast
on the food sources that you’ve given them in your own world-class compost tea recipe. JOHN: Wow, Josh, you’re so passionate about
this compost tea stuff. How do you get so passionate and why did you start making compost
tea originally? JOSH: Well, I’ve told your viewers before,
I’m happy to talk about it again. I was a certified organic medical grower here in
northern California. I grew some of the finest what we called the Calijuana republic tomatoes,
and I discovered a better way to do it with compost teas in rich soil without ever stepping
foot into a “grow store” and buying a “miracle product” or a liquid product
in a plastic jar. There was hard times imposed on me economically, which didn’t allow me,
which didn’t afford me the luxury of buying some of these fancier liquid extracts, both
organic and unfortunately most of them are inorganic, and so I kept tinkering with a
good tea recipe, and I’m still tinkering with it. We keep improving Boogie Brew, making it richer,
making it better. So, in a couple more years, let’s do another open source compost tea
recipe. Let’s talk about even better ways to make your plants dance. So why did I come
up with this recipe? I came up with this because I was looking for a better and cheaper way
to reliably give my soil and plants the nutrition they needed to thrive, to really make my plants
dance. All at pennies for gallon, and that’s what we’re talking about here. Making your
own mix and doing it at pennies per gallon and usage cost. JOHN: I definitely agree. I’ve used the
Boogie Brew compost tea ever since I met Josh. You can still see the video on that. I can
put the link down below if you want a good laugh. He’s at one of his one-stop shops. JOSH: I’ve said one-stop shops so many times.
Forgive me. Way too much, but I never talk poop. This product rocks. It works so well
it’s hard to believe. JOHN: If someone didn’t want to buy your
product and just wanted to buy bulk ingredients, how can they get those form you now? JOSH: Well that’s a good question and thanks
to you, I’m now going to finally launch what I’ve been talking about doing for almost
a year now, which is Boogie Bulk. So we have a special Boogie Bulk ingredients web page,
where you can go and order each of these individual ingredients in bulk quantities. So if you
want one of these big boys that really needs pallets of worm castings, pallets of the Boogie
Humus, hundreds of pounds of soybean meal, of kelp extract, etcetera, guess what? Boogie
Brew is now going to make it available to you all, yes indeed, on that one-stop shop
Bulk Boogie page. JOHN: I need some of you guys out there are
just home growers and you don’t need to buy in bulk, so what we’re going to do next
I’m actually going to go back to Josh’s shop and share with you guys a kit I’ve
negotiated hard with Josh so that you don’t have to put all this stuff together, you don’t
have to think about it. You could just buy what simply works, like I do. JOSH: And a one-stop shop bag. And yes indeed,
he is the master negotiator. No one does it at a better value negotiated than JK himself. JOHN: So what’d you guys think? Josh shared
all his secrets with you and you guys can now get the Boogie Bulk, the same ingredients
he uses in his very tea directly if you want to play and come up with your own tea recipes.
That being said, I don’t got the time to screw around and make my own tea to figure
it out, because Josh has done all that for me, so I simply use Josh’s stuff. The great
thing today is that I’m here to offer you guys a special deal I’ve negotiated hard
with Josh. It’s a good deal for you guys to keep him working, keep his guys working
and more importantly, allow you to get some good organic nutrients you can put in your
garden and get great growing results. A lot of my viewers have already been on Boogie
Brew compost tea and a lot of the other products that Josh offers with great results, and I’m
sure you will, too. What Josh used to offer in the olden days
was a bucket with all the different things you need to brew the compost tea in the bucket.
Unfortunately, it was very difficult to ship the bucket, which added a lot of extra shipping
expenses and a big hassle, so what he’s doing is he’s doing a box kit without the
bucket. So basically you’re going to go to Home Depot or Lowe’s and buy a five-gallon
bucket or better yet, go to a restaurant or a deli or even a supermarket and go to the
deli section and ask them for a pickle bucket or frosting bucket, but make sure you clean
it out real good because they smell kind of funky. You get your own free bucket and then
you have to get this kit that they’ll send to you. It’s basically a party meal flat
rate box and they’re shipping full of products here. What you’re going to get inside it is everything
you need to brew your compost tea. of course, the heart of any compost tea system is the
air pump. You need to get a nice, powerful air pump. I’ve gone to places and I see
people use an aquarium pump. That stuff just does not put out enough air. One place actually
I saw them using an aquarium air pump and an aquarium air stone. I was on my ass laughing.
It was hilarious, like that ain’t gonna do shit man! I’m sorry. That ain’t gonna
do nothing man! This is like Aqua 20 watt 45 liter per minute I believe, and this thing
kicks ass. This is the one I use and not only can you drive one bucket, you could actually
drive two buckets with this. So you split off it and use two air stones
and buckets, you can actually brew ten buckets at a time is the max flow rate I would recommend
with this pump here. The next thing you’re going to get is an air stone. This is none
of those cheap small air stones. This is a serious air stone for brewing compost tea,
and if you want to get an extra air stone then you can get the ten-bucket setup like
I do. My goal is to one ten-bucket every week and spray that on my garden and I’ll rotate
different parts of my garden. So say this week I’ll hit these couple beds and next
week I’ll hit this other bed that I didn’t hit the other week, and I’ll keep rotating
every week. So I keep hitting new beds and they keep getting
influx of the compost tea which is nature’s fertilizer in my opinion. Besides that, the
other part of the compost tea system is the compost tea itself, so not only will you get
one bag of two pounds of compost tea, you’ll get actually two bags. Each one of these brew
approximately 35 gallons of tea, so this right here will brew 70 gallons of tea. That’s
definitely a lot of tea, and the tea does not have to be used straight. You can dilute
it to get it to go further. In addition to the tea, they’re going to give you some
other things that are going add nutrition to your garden, the first of which is the
Sea-90. The Sea-90 is two pounds. It doesn’t look like a lot, but when you
dilute one gallon of water to literally a teaspoon of the Sea-90, this stuff goes a
long way, and then you’re going to water your plants to give your plants the trace
minerals, up to 90 different trace minerals in here. Standard agriculture and most fertilizers
in the store you’re buying do not have up to 90 minerals. They might have at most up
to 16, if you’re lucky. In addition you’re going to get one of my favorite things, the
worm castings, the high chitin worm castings, the Worm Gold Plus. I would personally add
this in to his compost teas to extend your compost tea, maybe put a couple tablespoons
and you brew it for extra added activity. In addition, Josh is going to give you the
Boogie Bricks, which helps to feed the microbes and then finally, the air tubing, the hose
you need to brew your compost tea, and then you’re going to get the burlap bags to brew
the compost tea in, and then you’re going to get the pure protein, which is a fish-based
aminos to add nutrition to your garden. I like to use the pure protein in emergency
situations, like when I transplant my peppers for example and they’re yellowing and they
need more nitrogen; that’s when I use pure protein. For people that don’t want to spray
fish stuff because it does smell a little bit, Josh has an alternate soy aminos available,
where you can eight ounces instead of the four ounces of pure protein. So this whole
kit normally sells for $125 because your GYG, only for a limited time I got Josh to get
the price down toe $99.99 delivered to you guys. So this is an amazing value, if you
could price the pump alone, some people may sell this for 50 bucks. Forty, fifty bucks.
So you can get all this stuff, everything you need to brew 70 plus gallons of compost
tea so your plants can truly dance. And the bonus kit I recommend when you brew
your compost tea, they use a filter or use filtered water. Back in one of Josh’s very
own Boogie Blue water filters, which is the same filter I use in my garden to get the
chlorine out, because there’s no point in making the compost tea if you’re watering
your plants with the chlorinated water because that’s going to kill the microbiology, kill
the activity in there and we want that activity to flourish because that’s really the engine
that drives the nutrition cycle in the soil so that your plants can grow. So if you want
to get the Boogie Blue filter, this is the deluxe box kit, this is another $35, which
is a savings from the regular price to get the one with the filter, if you don’t already
have a filter on it. Plus it’s jut good to water your garden
without the filter. I have seen result with just using a filter than just using the regular
hose water. That’s pretty much it for this episode. I shared with you guys how you can
make your own compost tea with Josh. I shared with you guys, for those of you guys that
don’t want to go through making your own compost tea, a really good deal so that you
guys can buy it. My hope in making this video is that basically get the world to be more
open source and share their ideas, share things with you guys and create a dialogue and maybe
you’ll even improve Josh’s formula and make your own compost tea company and sell
that. I think that’s great, too, because we need
to get more people growing in an organic and natural and biologic fashion that encourages
soil microbes and get people away from the chemicals. There’s just far too many chemicals
being sold as fertilizers in big box stores, and I’d love to see anybody’s compost
tea being sold at a big box store to get Americans growing organic. It’s super important, super
critical to me. Hope you guys enjoyed this episode. If you want to get the deal on the
box, make sure to click the link below at Boogie Brew.net/GYG, good for limited time
only. Once again my name is John Kohler with Growingyourgreens.com. We’ll see you next
time and remember, keep on growing.