Sweeteners?

941mick

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IMO molasses is a pretty big sugar chain for the microbes to break down, there is actaully alot of residule left in the soil that the microbes cant digest, if you guys really enjoy using molasses it should be used in a compost tea where it is more easily broken down, and used over a long period of time in the tea to feed the microbes.

using a sucrose and glucose are more easily broken down by the microbes and ready to be used by the plant, dextrose is too big for the microbes to digest in a small amount of time.

ive switched from using molasses, everyone in my area thinks its the way to go, i personally hate it, i think it coats the roots and soil in a thick black tar, it makes the soil smell. i think if you spend some time researching you can find something much better and soluble than molasses

check out nectar for the gods sweetner, its a great start for organic sweetners thats already broken down and ready for the plant to uptake it
Couldn't have said it better!
 

yankeetransplant

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brand new idea, Sucanat, buy in at the grocers, got a ton of vitamins too. (artificial sweetener)
Sucanat is anything but artificial....in fact it translate to and stands for sugar cane NATURAL.....is is also know as rapadura (sp?)....it is cane that is pressed and the juices stirred until dry..in south america, u can get it in cakes....it is also the base sweetener that is used to make molasses....it is not cooked, spun dry to crystalize, bleached or anything like that.....that is why it maintains all it nutrients and vitamins....it is granular when u buy it, not crystalized (and brown)....buy some powder citric acid in brewers supply store....mix 1oz of both into a quart of warm water to dissolve it good and u have a quart of great sweetener for your plants....this mix is ideal for hydro....molasses is for soil.....coconut sugar works as well and also contains good stuff for your plants....its made from the sap of the coconut flowers in much the same way and is brown and granular....u can make about 4 gallons for less than $10....
 

homebrewer

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Sucanat is anything but artificial....in fact it translate to and stands for sugar cane NATURAL.....is is also know as rapadura (sp?)....it is cane that is pressed and the juices stirred until dry..in south america, u can get it in cakes....it is also the base sweetener that is used to make molasses....it is not cooked, spun dry to crystalize, bleached or anything like that.....that is why it maintains all it nutrients and vitamins....it is granular when u buy it, not crystalized (and brown)....buy some powder citric acid in brewers supply store....mix 1oz of both into a quart of warm water to dissolve it good and u have a quart of great sweetener for your plants....this mix is ideal for hydro....molasses is for soil.....coconut sugar works as well and also contains good stuff for your plants....its made from the sap of the coconut flowers in much the same way and is brown and granular....u can make about 4 gallons for less than $10....
Sugar is sugar is sugar. There is no need to go to any extra effort to find some exotic carbohydrate source for your microbes.
 

Mmcary82

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We're any of those grown in a DWC set up or jus all soil?
Sweeteners do not make your buds taste or smell like candy. It’s fake news. If you wanna use molasses or buy a 40 dollar jug of snake oil just remember there is no magic pixie dust. It’s basically food for microbes. You will live and learn my friends.
 

Qube

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Sweeteners do not make your buds taste or smell like candy. It’s fake news. If you wanna use molasses or buy a 40 dollar jug of snake oil just remember there is no magic pixie dust. It’s basically food for microbes. You will live and learn my friends.
100% agree but they might not be able to live or learn after all that time. ;)
 
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