I didn’t realize I needed to drain the tea so frequently in the stage when I was collecting food scraps. Is this a problem? What can I do?
We do recommend draining your tea every couple of days but it won’t be a big problem if you miss a day or two. There are two main reasons to drain the tea regularly is:
1. If you leave the tea too long, the reservoir at the bottom of the bucket may fill up and the contents of your bokashi composter will become too wet. This may cause the bokashi bucket to fail. You will know if this has happened by smelling your bucket. If it doesn’t smell putrid then you should be ok.
2. The bokashi tea can go off if its left in the bokashi bucket for too long. If you leave the tea for more than 2 or 3 days you may notice that it starts to develop a putrid, rotting odor. This is still fine to use on your plants but may not smell very appealing and some of the microbial benefits may have been lost.
I hope that helps
Nicki and the Bokashi Living team