Now it’s time to prepare the tea. Fill one of the buckets only 1/3 of the way full with mature compost. Keep it loose. We don’t want it packed down as the water must easily be absorbed. Pour in the water, filling the bucket with only 2 - 3 inches to spare from the lip.
It is vitally important not to use tap water. The chlorine content of “fresh" tap water is enough to kill all the precious microorganisms that we are trying to grow and harvest. If, for some reason, you must use tap water, a lot of the chlorine can be removed by aerating the water overnight with the aquarium pump and stones.
Once we have the compost and water together, 1 oz of the unsulfured molasses can be added. The thick molasses must be uniformly mixed, so the stirring stick is used to stir the mixture vigorously for a couple of minutes. After stirring, attach the gang valve to the side of the bucket and add the aerating tubes and stones into the mix. Turn the air pump on and let it steep for 3 days.
After no longer than 3 days, the tea will be ready. Remove the air tubing and stones from the mix and give it about 20 minutes to settle. Strain the liquid into the other bucket using the porous cloth. Once separated, the solids can be added back to the compost pile.