“I have been into brewing compost teas for a long time… The Vortex Brewer® is superior to all competitors.”
- Aaron B., Eureka, CA
Making compost tea is not a new concept. Many remember their grandparents loading up a sock full of compost or bat guano to let steep in a bucket for a day on the farm, or used the liquid remnants of a worm or compost bin on their houseplants.
This concept has been enhanced by way of “actively aerated compost tea” (AACT) in order to multiply and encourage air-loving beneficial organisms. However, the innovations basically stop there.
The basic concept of creating an aerobic living solution has been gussied up and made to look pretty from the outside, with expensive molds and fancy marketing; but inside they all do the same thing – simply apply air to a stagnant solution, or, merely “extract” existing biology from a humus source. They agitate, they don’t circulate.
The Vortex Brewer® separates itself from other methods of biological activation, by using air to create vortexial circulation. Rather than passively disturbing the solution, the Vortex Brewer®actively blends and circulates the mixture. This is not functionally irrelevant.
For instance, the suction of the vortex accomplishes increased air and (DO) levels relative to
other methods, actually supersaturating the solution in order to benefit biological activity.
While we recommend brewing compost tea for maximum benefit, the Vortex Brewer® can be used as an extractor, for mixing organic or hydroponic nutrient solutions, stirring BioEnergetic creations, or to create living water.
Many farmers use the Vortex Brewer® as a batch extractor by spinning Vortex Brewer® Compound (formerly Genesis Compound) and Vortex Brewer® Tonic for use as a field spray. Others use it to mix their growing solutions in order to potentize, or create higher order and synergy amongst ingredients, even when not using biological products.
Still others use the Vortex Brewer™ to create living water. Water should be treated as a primary nutrient…because it is. It defines life. More directly, it allows life. It is the medium by which Nature communicates with herself. The form used is the spiral vortex.
Using the Vortex Brewer®, water alone can create growth benefits in plants. For real.
There are no water pumps involved in the circulation of a Vortex Brewer®. The unit operates entirely by an influx of air. The Vortex Brewer® is a flowform that allows a dynamic vortexial current of water that is completely unimpeded in its flow.
Water seeks its own level, and moves as it wants to. The Vortex Brewer® does not make a vortex, it allows one. See the diagram to the right.
Water naturally takes the form of a vortex, such as when a river meanders through the countryside, or a wave rolls onto the beach, or a spring spirals up from an underground aquifer, or a raindrop spins as it falls to the earth. A whirlpool would be the most dramatic, visual example.
All those natural processes create what is called “living water”. Water becomes alive when the vortex pulls into it the Earths subtle and powerful, life energy forces.
We have all experienced living water at one time or another, such as when we drink from a fresh bubbling creek, or bathe in a natural healing mineral spring, or dance in a summer rain shower, or stand in the ocean as the rolling waves crashed into our bodies.
We feel invigorated and alive. The same process works in the Vortex Brewer®. By allowing water to flow in this naturally created vortex motion, the Vortex Brewer® is able to enliven the vibrational energies manifest in our powerful, proprietary compost tea formulations.
This natural phenomenon of subtle communication through water is the backbone behind the concepts of water memory, BioDynamic agriculture, homeopathic medicine and life itself. Water is much more than wet.
The Vortex Brewer® is simple, yet extraordinarily profound. Crafted with food grade components, it can be used in any gardening situation imaginable. It can even be used for structuring drinking water.
- A Revolution in Creating Living Organic Compost Tea
- A Complete Turnkey Compost Tea System using Vortex Motion
- Based on BioEnergetic, BioDynamic, Homeopathic, & Subtle Energy Concepts
- Works as an Extractor, Nutrient Mixer, & BioEnergetic Flowform
- Create Compost Tea, Living Water and Potentized Fertilizers
- Much Higher Air Infusion & Dissolved Oxygen (DO) Relative to Passive Brewers
- The Vortex Brewer® Treats Water as a Primary Nutrient
- Creates Superior Compost Tea with Stronger & More Capable Microbes
- More Convenient Than Other Units – Easier to Clean & Use, With Far Less Inputs
- You Can Perpetually Brew So You ALWAYS Have Compost Tea on Demand
- A Vortex is Primal and Beautiful to Look At
- Life is Motion. Motion is Life. The Vortex Brewer® is Life in Motion.
- 7, 15, 30, 60, 85, 150, 250, 500, 800, 1000 Gallon options.
- Industry Leading 60 day Money Back Guarantee and 1 Year Warranty
- Special orders or sizing and custom builds available
Anyone can benefit from a Vortex Brewer® – home gardeners growing their own plants (indoors or out), landscapers, farmers, even nurseries or retail garden centers.
Depending on the application, the Vortex Brewer® can be used in many different ways.
OPTION #1: Mixing Machine
Some growers choose to take advantage of the Vortex Brewer® as mixing machine without using any biological inoculants whatsoever. The Vortex Brewer® is much more than a compost tea brewer.
Growers mix and potentize, or create synergy, amongst their organic or hydroponic nutrient solutions with fantastic results. Many report using less fertilizer to get the desired result. Some say they increase their yields using less fertilizer.
Allowing water to take a vortexial path creates living water. It makes water wetter. This allows the grower to use the full potential of water in Nature.
Not only can water penetrate through cell membranes more effectively, but it can also operate in its natural capacity of facilitating the communication of subtle energies within and between living systems.
Think of it this way, there is no sound in space because there is no atmosphere. Sound waves need a medium to travel through to make it from A to B. The same goes for the subtle living energies on Earth.
When Mother Nature creates a message, water is the medium that it travels through. When the structure of water has been deadened the communication cannot take place. Water can still hydrate, but it cannot carry information.
Even if you are just watering your plants with water from the Vortex Brewer® there is a great benefit to growing plants and microbes. That’s right, plain water with no fertilizer can provide growth benefits to the garden.
Water defines life. The way it moves determines if it can do its job. For instance, the reason a river meanders is to create the form of a spiral vortex so that the beginning of the river can speak to the end, and vice versa.
When rivers are straightened death ensues. This has been seen in the Danube and Rhine rivers in Europe and illustrated repeatedly by the “Water Wizard” Viktor Schauberger. Literally, living water is how Nature communicates with herself.
OPTION #2: Extractor
We encourage the brewing of compost tea over extraction, but it is possible to use the Vortex Brewer® as a batch extractor.
An extraction does exactly that, it extracts organisms from compost. In other words, one is not “growing microbes” with biological food sources like with brewing compost tea.
When using an extractor the name of the game is usually removing microbes from compost. Rarely do you see an extractor without the use of a filter bag of some sort. This may make sense on a surface level, but not necessarily on a micro level.
When we brush our teeth in the morning we are actually brushing off bacteria…and we don’t get all of them. Microbes hold on extremely tight. It is arguable if water is even able to remove all organisms from the compost.
What’s to say that some types of microbes don’t hold on tighter than others, with entire trophic levels of organisms potentially left behind?
The research on this has not been done, but it is a legitimate concern for growers. We never encourage the use of filter bags for this reason.
Due to the circulation of the Vortex Brewer®, it can carry large amounts of organic matter in solution. When using it as an extractor, make sure to filter your solution after it has been created, if need be.
OPTION #3: Field Spray
A field spray is the method of using water to deliver the vibrational energy of the material to the field or garden.
A field spray involves influencing plants on a homeopathic level.
This application allows for very small amounts of inputs to be used on large areas and is extremely cost effective.
For instance, as little as 2 oz Vortex Brewer® Compound and Vortex Brewer® Tonic allowed to spin in the Vortex Brewer® is sufficient to apply to 3-4 acres of land.
OPTION #4: Compost Tea Batch Brewing
For those not using compost tea daily, it makes sense to create your brew in batches so that you can use it all at once.
This would apply to indoor hydroponic gardeners making reservoir changes, or someone tending a home garden or a compost pile, who doesn’t need a pump running all hours of the day, or a gardener using less than 5 gallons of solution per day.
If you are not cycling through the entire solution at least once per week, consider batch brewing. It may also make sense for small garden centers that wish to provide compost tea to their customers on specific dates.
Simply brew 12-24 hours, then bottle up to distribute or use it immediately.
OPTION #5: Perpetual Compost Tea Brewing
For those using compost tea daily, such as a lawn service, a retail store, nursery or the intentioned gardener, we recommend brewing perpetually. Compost tea is a living solution. By reinforcing new microbes with food sources and catalysts daily, there is no need to “start from scratch”.
In other words, rather than beginning the process with dormant microbes every day, you are simply boosting the reproductive organisms already cycling from the day before. Some will say that it should always be brewed for 12-24 hours and distributed, but be sure to ask them why? They will not have an answer.
The fact is, the concept of growing microbes with compost tea is so new, that the entire industry runs off of “rules of thumb” that are not connected to plant performance.
Perpetual brewing may be against the conventional wisdom of creating compost tea, but Nature is a living, breathing dynamic entity; that does not work in replicability and “rules of thumb”, only chaos and spirals. Perpetual brewing makes sense on many levels.
First, convenience. No more cleaning the unit after every brew.
Second, the fear of anaerobic microbes is relevant, but over dramatized. We have been distributing compost tea from a Vortex Brewer® operating for up to 6 months at a time without cleaning the unit; to everyone who would take it in every gardening situation imaginable and never experienced negative feedback in any form.
Third, because the Vortex Brewer® accomplishes higher amounts of dissolved oxygen (DO) in solution, there are no stagnant spots for anaerobes to set up shop and populate to harmful amounts. Facultative microbes can be both aerobic (with air) or anaerobic (without air) depending on the circumstances.
Due to the super saturation of air in the Vortex Brewer®, a perpetually aerobic environment is provided. This is illustrated in the following images measuring dissolved oxygen (DO in ppm) in an agitated bucket, versus the circulation of a Vortex Brewer®.
The same pump was used for both images:
Fourth, there is simply no evidence that a tea brewed for 12-24 hours, is superior to a tea brewed for longer periods of time, with inputs added regularly.
For instance, protozoa are bacteria shredders. They tend to become the dominant organism over time when compost tea is brewed perpetually. It is generally discussed that bacteria are preferred in compost tea, but there is no evidence to suggest that this is actually better for growing plants.
Don’t take this wrong, bacteria are beneficial to plants, but they are actually microscopic fertilizer bags. They eat organic matter, and also themselves, into a stable material called humus. Humus is the lowest decomposed state of organic matter, i.e. “plant food”.
Doesn’t it make sense that we would want protozoa shredding bacteria? This means more plant food.
Besides, protozoa are amazing nitrogen cyclers in soil. So it may be that you want to grow more protozoa for the vegetative stages of growth for plants; and brew for shorter time periods with different food sources for the flowering stages.
The point is, we don’t know. The one thing we do know is that there is really no wrong way to use compost tea. This is a better/best analysis.
Finally, it is impossible to see microbe diversity and strength under a microscope.
Rudolf Steiner, a prophet of natural farming, once said, “Human beings want to receive everything passively, to sit down in front of the world as though it were a movie, and let the microscope and telescope tell them everything.”
What he means is that there is more to evaluating living systems than meets the eye. The most important aspects of natural systems are unobservable and mostly not measurable.
For instance, many biological products in the gardening industry are created by microbes raised by humans in a laboratory.
This biosynthetic approach is necessary for the cost effective distribution of certain microbes, and has its merits in products like biological fungicides or myccorhizal fungi; but a biosynthetic approach cannot represent the full potential of an intact biological network.
There’s no synergy amongst the different microbes, they didn’t grow up together. True biological diversity can only be created by Nature. Imagine if a trapeze artist picked someone out of the crowd to catch them at the end of their pass?
No living organism operates autonomously. All microbes operate by way of teammates. They play off of each other, with one teammate unlocking the ability of the next. The big man cannot dunk without the assist from the point guard.
When 52 different organisms that were individually grown by a human in a petri dish, are brought together as an end product intended for use in a gardening situation, the maximum result is compromised.
Not only is the overall biological ability hindered due to all the players not being on the court, but what happens if the coach puts the players in the wrong positions?
All microbes are not created equal. When using laboratory analysis of compost tea organisms as a basis of evaluating its worth as a gardening product, we take for granted individual ability in microbes. What if you can bench press 500lbs and someone else 300lbs, is it possible to see this ability under a microscope?
Let’s use the concept of creating compost as a means of illustrating this point. Generally, BioDynamic compost is not turned like traditional compost. It is created over longer periods of time, mostly to expose the organic material to the inward and outward breathing of the natural energies running throughout the Earth.
While turning compost does serve to speed up the decomposition process, it can also sacrifice the potential result by oxidizing the organic matter. It is possible to change the look and consistency of organic matter via frequent turning, but this creates mulch, not true plant food.
Good things come to those who wait.
Because BioDynamic compost is not turned, the responsibility falls on the microbes to do the work, and they’re fine with that, as Nature intended. One doesn’t need to turn the forest floor.
This method of creating compost represents a means of providing microbes more “life experience” (i.e. strength and diversity) than those given a cushy couch potato environment.
Think of it this way, an unchallenged microbe is a lazy microbe. If you give a child everything they want, are they going to be capable adults?
One might be the most accomplished piano player or chess champion on the planet, but can you tell this by looking at someone? Can one see nitrogen cycling capacity or enzyme production capability in an organism under a microscope? The short answer is, no.
The only way to evaluate the claims of biological products and compost tea systems is in the performance of them, in and on living plants. At the least, ensure that your biological inoculant was created on a natural farm, not in a lab.
Following are some starter recipes for using a Vortex Brewer®. These are only recommendations; there is no “right” way to brew compost tea. We guarantee that no matter what you do, your plants, customers, and landscapes will absolutely love it.
- Vortex Brewer® Storch Oil is an anti-foam agent.
- Vortex Brewer® Tonic or All's One Tonic is a mineral catalyst.
- Vortex Brewer® Compound is an inoculate.
- Volume Conversion: 1 cup = 16 tbsp = 8 oz = 240 mL
The Vortex Brewer® will revolutionize and help diversify your home garden, farm, or business. It is a conversation starter and will be a significant source of revenue and customer retention for any store or nursery. We like to say…it sucks people in!
If you are interested in the Vortex Brewer® for retail distribution of compost tea, our process is easier than other compost tea units on the market.
We will not suggest you buy a refrigerator, schedule your pick up days with your customers, or waste compost tea because you didn’t sell it. Rather than encourage you to brew in batches, our process allows you to run your Vortex Brewer® for months without cleaning or draining the unit.
The Vortex Brewer® comes plug-and-play with no construction required. After unpacking and ensuring that everything is at hand, connect the air pump to the loose end of the tubing on the air manifold.
Fill up the Vortex Brewer® with water until it reaches the bottom of the returns on the uptubes. Plug in your air pump and you’re brewing!
There is no replacement for experimentation; possibilities are limited only to the imagination. The art of creating a living compost tea solution is about growing microbes, and this can be done in limitless ways.
PLEASE remember that our recommendations are only a starting point. But we do recommend you starting with our system before moving on to custom brews. Many hours of research and trial and error have been put in to ensure their success.
Other compost tea brewing systems are fond of saying their units produce “billions of organisms” or make diversity claims that sound impressive…don’t believe the hype. It is not hard to generate extraordinary biological numbers when brewing compost tea.
For instance, 1 bacteria dividing every 20 minutes can result in 5,000 billion bacteria in one day. Again, the most important thing in regards to compost tea is how the organisms perform in and on growing plants, once they are delivered to the garden or grow room.
Once you have your initial batch of compost tea brewed, there are only a few simple tasks that need to be done each day, to keep a perpetual living compost tea brew going.
Experimentation is the hallmark of compost tea, but keep in mind that it is possible to create bad compost tea. This normally happens when there is bad compost involved (not possible with our Vortex Brewer Compound) or there are too many inputs used relative to the biological inoculate used.
If you follow our protocol, you will attain stellar results in brewing compost tea and growing the most amazing plants you’ve ever experienced.
The Vortex Brewer® input system:
- Vortex Brewer® Compound : (Biological Inoculant):Hand crafted on Steve Storch's farm and is incubated in the Earth for up to a year, VB Compound is the finest compost tea inoculant on the planet.
- Vortex Brewer® Tonic or All's One Tonic: (catalyst): is a BioEnergetically enhanced, sea mineral complex that contains over 90 naturally balanced colloidal ionic minerals. Plants use most elements, but microbes use them all. Microbes make and use enzymes to do their work and every potential enzyme needs a specific element.
If you are using other additives in addition to the Vortex Brewer® products; we strongly recommend using “natural” inputs, or products that do not contain synthetic ingredients. For may Years Vortex Brewer Worked with Progress Earth and then Progressive Farms for the formulation of Vortex Brewer Recipes. Now, Vortex Brewer® is working with Pure Grow Soil for enhanced recipes and additional brewing and growing supplies. See the Pure Grow offerings on our web site.
Some synthetic ingredients, such as hormones hidden in regular looking products, can result in very strange reactions in the tea.
If you are not sure, experiment on a small scale first or remove them entirely from the brewing process. In general, synthetics will not necessarily harm microbes, but they don’t help.
We are often asked which direction is most beneficial when working with the Vortex Brewer®. There is no certain answer, but here are some considerations:
- Generally, counterclockwise circulation will reinforce root/earth forces. Use this direction when working with transplants, seeding, or working with preparing the soil.
- Counterclockwise = rooting / soil
- Generally, clockwise circulation will reinforce leaf/stem/flower/seed/fruit. Use this direction when intending to encourage flowering and fruit maturation.
- Clockwise = flower / fruit
- In NO WAY can you use the direction incorrectly, this is strictly a “better / best” analysis.
It is important to utilize microbes before they get tired or hit their reproductive peak. You want to deliver them hungry, which is why we recommend brewing for no longer than 24 hours without addition of more inoculant, food source, and catalysts. Infact, the Vortex Brewer® 2 part recipe can be activated in as little as 2 hours.
Compost tea can and should be used in every growing situation. It can be diluted indefinitely, but the more concentrated you deliver the solution, the better and faster it works. We recommend not to dilute it more than 1 cup per gallon (1:16).
General Use: A gallon of compost tea concentrate can be applied on 250 – 500 square feet as a plant tonic, regardless of the dilution.
A gallon of compost tea concentrate should be diluted no more than 1:16 (or 1 cup per gallon) for all applications.
One application will provide a benefit, but use compost tea weekly for maximum results.
Gardens: In smaller areas growers tend to apply diluted solutions more often than in larger areas.Further, garden beds are normally tended more closely than in other applications, meaning the soil is of higher quality.
If you walk your lawn or garden with an average sprayer, it takes around 80 gallons to spray an acre of land. A minimum application of 5 gallons per acre results in a 1:16 ratio of compost tea concentrate: water, or 1 cup per gallon.
Maximum concentration would be 1:2, or 2 quarts per gallon of water. Apply weekly for best results.
Lawns: The soil found in lawns is generally compacted and not tended like a garden bed. When we develop property there is very little attention paid to the health of the fill used to level the land and sods are chemically treated and very stressed due to being disconnected from the root source.
For this reason, lawn soil is generally very poor. Using the 80 gallons per acre solution application, a minimum application concentration would be 1:8 ratio of compost tea concentrate: water, or 1 pint per gallon. Maximum concentration would be a full strength application. Apply compost tea concentrate once per month during growing season. More frequent applications can be conducted at higher dilutions.
Farms: On larger areas applications are conducted less frequently and at higher concentrations. It takes around 20 gallons to spray an acre of land in a farming application on average.
A 5 gallon per acre application results in a 1:4 ratio of compost tea concentrate: water, or 1 quart per gallon of water. Maximum concentration would be a full strength application. Apply at least bi-monthly. More frequent applications can provide greater results.
Poor & Chemically Treated Soils: Poor soils, or soils that have been treated chemically (artificial fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, etc.) over time should be treated intensively with compost tea. This means multiple applications of compost tea concentrate weekly, moving to less frequent applications over time based on the above recommendations. Beneficial microbes “clean up” problematic soils. Microbes recycle oil spills and even nuclear waste.
Here are some ideas for using compost tea in different applications:
- Compost Pile Inoculant: Dilute 1 gallon of concentrate into enough water to saturate the pile completely, repeat monthly.
- Hose End Sprayers: Fill with concentrate and set sprayer to the highest dilution and apply weekly.
- Foliar Feeding: Mix 1 gallon concentrate to 4 gallons of water and apply weekly
- Seed Soak: Soak seeds in compost tea concentrate in a shallow tray for at least 1 hour, but no longer than 12 hours. For smaller seeds a paper towel moistened with compost tea concentrate can be used.
- Plant Cuttings: Dip cuttings into full strength compost tea.
- Hydroponics: Add 1 gallon of concentrate to 5-50 gallons of nutrient solution with every reservoir change in recirculating systems. Use the same dilution for run to waste systems.
- Diseased plants: Spray plant with undiluted compost tea until healed.
- Tree Root Soak: Mix 1 gallon of concentrate to 2 gallons of water and apply weekly.
- Transplanting: Mix 1 gallon concentrate to 2 gallons of water and spray planting hole. Water the rest into the soil after planting. Dip roots directly into solution if possible.
- Houseplants: Mix 1 gallon concentrate to 8 gallons of water and apply monthly.
- Raised Beds: Mix 1 gallon concentrate to 8 gallons of water and apply weekly. For overwintering, apply full strength concentration to recycle dead roots into fertilizer for next season.
Due to the constant circulation and high oxygen environment in the Vortex Brewer®, it is not necessary to brew in batches or to clean the unit after individual batches have been created.
It is almost impossible to have anaerobic conditions in your Vortex Brewer®. We have been distributing compost tea for years to anyone who will take it in every possible gardening situation imaginable – hydroponics, containers, houseplants, lawns, compost piles, farms, etc. – and have NEVER had a negative experience reported.
The only maintenance required for the Vortex Brewer® is periodic cleaning, mostly to remove any build up from inputs and allow dynamic circulation. The Vortex Brewer® can be taken apart completely for easy access using the black couplings. Routine cleaning will result in more consistent results.
We can walk you through the entire process. Contact us today for complete information.
A vortex is self-reinforcing, as most natural protocols tend to be; there is no ‘resistance’, or negative energy, only implosive positive energy. Why would Nature produce a protocol that used more energy than it took to carry out? Why should we?
The Vortex Brewer® is like nothing you have ever experienced…guaranteed. Try the Vortex Brewer™ System risk free and let the Vortex speak for itself. Get started immediately on producing the most vibrant, healthy, high quality plants.
VB15 Vortex Brewer®
- 15 gallon tank
- Completely pre-plumbed and assembled
- 100-watt air pump
- Weight 70 lbs.
- Dimensions: W: 26″ x L: 26″ x H: 43″
VB30 Vortex Brewer®
- 30 gallon tank
- Completely pre-plumbed and assembled
- 100-watt air pump
- Weight 80 lbs.
- Dimensions: W: 36″ x L: 36″ x H: 46″
VB60 Vortex Brewer®
- 60 gallon tank
- Completely pre-plumbed and assembled
- 100-watt air pump
- Weight 90 lbs.
- Dimensions: W: 36″ x L: 36″ x H: 62″
VB85 Vortex Brewer®
- 85 gallon tank
- Completely pre-plumbed and assembled
- 100-watt air pump
- Weight 150 lbs.
- Dimensions: W: 45″ x L: 45″ x H: 57″
VB150 Vortex Brewer®
- 150 gallon tank
- Completely pre-plumbed and assembled
- 100-watt air pump
- Weight 200 lbs.
- Dimensions: W: 45″ x L: 45″ x H: 67″
VB250 Vortex Brewer®
- 250 gallon tank
- Completely pre-plumbed and assembled
- 140-watt air pump
- Weight 265 lbs.
- Dimensions: W: 48″ x L: 48″ x H: 80″
The Circulation System is NOT a commercial unit. We recommend the Vortex Brewer® for use in distribution of compost tea in retail stores and for larger volume.
LARGE VORTEX BREWER®
On a 30 day lead time, Vortex Brewer® can create:
- VB500 – Tank Size: 500 gal. Weight: 400 lbs. Dimensions: W60″ x L60″ x H96″
- VB800 – Tank Size: 800 gal.Weight: 650 lbs.Dimensions: W90″ x L90″ x H60″
- VB1000 – Tank Size: 1000gal.Weight: 725 lbs. Dimensions: W70″ x L70″ x H115″
CUSTOM VORTEX BREWER®
Vortex Brewer® can also construct custom units up to 10,000 gallons. Let the POWER of the Vortex Pull You In…
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