Making (Brewing) Compost Tea
Compost Tea is a liquid solution or suspension made by steeping compost in water. Because it has a very short shelf life, it is best to brew it locally, using your local compost supply.
Fresh Compost Tea is made (or brewed) by steeping compost in water for a brief period, then applying the liquid to the soil.
Compost Tea is an aerobic mixture made by adding compost to dechlorinated water and aerating the mixture for about two days. This process encourages aerobic bacteria and fungi. The mixing action, or active aeration, keeps compost teas aerobic, and thus safe.
Actively aerated compost teas, are easy to apply directly on the plants where needed. As a liquid, they are fast acting and a unique way to increase the microbial activity in the garden.
Compost tea made in this way is different and safer than some of the more traditional manure teas of yesteryear.
You can find more on the history of compost tea at Wikipedia