Basic Brewing

  • Use pure water for brewing; chlorine and chloramine can negatively affect microbes. Aerate water for 1 hour before brewing.
  • Humisoil and Bioactivator (or Fungal Activator) are added to every brew to make Bountea.
  • Aerate the Bountea for 24 hours at temperatures between 60°F and 85°F. An optimum temperature is 75°F or 24°C.
  • Bountea often foams during brewing. Add 1 tablespoon of cooking oil to reduce foam if needed.

More Tips

  • Add M3 or B3 to Bountea during the last hour of brewing. Do not add M3 at the beginning; it may cause an anaerobic reaction.
  • Add Root Web immediately before diluting Bountea. Stir well.
  • If you brew for more than 24 hours and up to 72 hours, add an extra ½ cup of Bioactivator per 4 gallons of Bountea.
  • Brew only the quantities you need. Keep Bountea aerated until used. Plan for application within 6 hours after brewing.
  • Bountea can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
  • Warning: Never use Bountea if it smells very sour or bad. A slight ‘fishy’ smell is normal when M3 is added to Bountea.

Brew Kit Clean Up

  • Disconnect the pump before removing the diffuser unit from the container
  • Rinse residue from container, diffuser unit and strainer
  • Unscrew the bubbler and clean with hot soapy water
  • If needed, disinfect with hydrogen peroxide solution, not bleach.
  • Store brewer and all ingredients in a cool, dry place out of sunlight

Brewing Quantities and Coverage

Humisoil1/2 qt1 qt2 qt4 qt6 qt8 qt
Bioactivator or
Fungal Activator
1/4 cup1/2 cup1 cup2 cup3 cup4 cups
Root Web1/4 cup1/2 cup1 cup2 cups4 cups6 cups
M3 or B31/4 cup1/2 cup1 cup2 ½ cups5 cups8 cups
Depleted Soil250 sq ft500 sq ft1000 sq ft3000 sq ft0.25 acre0.75 acres
Fertile Soil500 sq ft1000 sq ft2000 sq ft6000 sq ft0.5 acre1.25 acres
4 ft wide beds60 ft long120 ft long240 ft long720 ft long