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Instructions for making a 5-gallon compost tea brewer
OSU/Lane County Extension Service Compost Specialists
One clean 5-gallon plastic bucket30” of ½ “ white PVC tubingOne T shaped, slip-to-slip PVC connectorTwo ½” PVC end capsOne plastic or brass ½” barb adaptorOne female-slip PVC fittingTwo feet of
” clear plastic tubingOne 18w diaphragm air pumpOne submersible water heater, with thermostatOne, gallon paint strainer bagOne 12” long nylon chordThick rubber bandFour 12” zip tiesHack saw or PVC cutterElectric drill with ¼” drill bit
To assemble the brewer:
Cut the PVC tubing into the following lengths:Two, 7½” long piecesOne 13½” long piece
Attach the 7½” pieces to the PVC T-connector. On one end of this assemblysecurely place one ½” end cap.
Attach the 13½” of cut PVC tubing to the T-connector.
Attach the other end cap to the bottom ofthe 13½” PVC tube.
Drill a small hole in the bottom of the end-cap for the airflow. The end of the tubeshould be about ½” from the bottom of thebucket.
Lay the PVC aerator across the top of thebucket. To keep the tubing from slidingaround while brewing secure the ends of thetube to the sides of the bucket through thehandles with zip ties. Or drill a small holenear the top of the bucket on oppositessides and thread zip ties through the holes.Secure the cross bar of the aerator to thezip ties.
Attach the ½” barb fitting to the female-slipfitting.Brewer PartsThe assembled brewer