Originally Posted by Collembola
i had not heard of brix before,
and upon research, it seems it is a strange device for opening up portals for spending more money.....
to increase "brix levels", you buy a refractometer, that then tells you, that your really expensive nutrients are rubbish, and then you have to buy more and more things
(you have to listen to it also, because it was really expensive, and you are already too deep down the rabbit hole to turn back).
if you are at the level of botany of ammending your own compost, then i don't really think one is required.
but hopefully someone who knows what they are talking about will come along with an adequate reason for purchase.
Do some google searches...its pretty interesting. My favorite thing about cannabis is all the unique flavors and from everything I've read anything high brix has incredible flavor compared to not.
You don't have to buy anything special to achieve a high brix number. Just maybe trade certain things (like trading dolomite lime for calcium carbonate).
It's all about remineralizing the soil and it makes sense to me. I fucking LOVE orange bell peppers. Sometimes you bite into them and they explode with flavor...a tropical storm in your mouth. Other times they are bland as shit.
Apparently that's from the brix level being high (great taste) vs low (shit taste). I'm going to find out about it.
Pretty cool read...While I won't fully drink the kool-aid until I've actually done this myself (including my vegetable garden) I am just a homegrower and my main concern is improving taste/smell (plus the bug resistance is very appealing). So I don't have a huge amount of $$ at stake here....so changing how I do things isn't that big of a deal to me.
I get the if it ain't broke don't fix it attitude...but what if it is broke and you just don't know it?