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Brix57 vs Molasses
GLB Brix 57 all natural and 1/2 organic and coming soon our 100% Organic Version are not made from sugarcane or sugar beets (molasses) but fructose and glucose from proprietary plant extracts. It is a proprietary extraction and refining process as well that allows for some of, if not the cleanest, most available fructose and glucose for microbial uptake on the market. GLB’s higher quality flowers show in side-by-side testing versus sugarcane-based carbohydrates.
Let’s be clear, there is nothing wrong with using unsulfured blackstrap molasses for plants, but it is not designed or refined for microbial or plant life. The difference in quality between the rest of the industry and GLB carbohydrate products are not only visible to the eye, aromatic to the nose or even taste, but also the savings from low application rates to the pocketbook. 1 mL per gallon compared to 5-15 mL of every other product on the market. We have not just tested it versus molasses but also the hydroponic store $100 a gallon-based carbohydrates that take 7+ mL per gallon. Less overall cost and higher quality…
Growers have not had to really investigate sugars for plants until now. Molasses or molasses-based products have been the standard, but what most growers don’t know is the difference. Our organic chemists have taken carbohydrates for microbes to the next level. Through creating and testing sugars in relation to microorganisms there are some common themes. Microbes can and will consume some carbohydrates over others. Depending on the environment and stresses, microbes can become strategic to what carbohydrates they will consume and in what order. This may come down to what sugars they have to breakdown first and what are for immediate uptake. Though it is not always a path of least resistance we find that the cleaner the carbohydrates, the less work needed, the faster the uptake with less wasted energy.
GLB Brix57 carbohydrates and the upcoming 100% Organic Version, do not have added chemicals, are non gmo plant-based and have been created specifically for microorganisms and plant life. We do not produce any all natural or organic products that are or have been byproducts of other business ventures. We create products with plants in mind. The more products that reduce the stress on the microorganisms in a symbiotic relationship with the plant, or the plant itself, the higher the potential level of secondary metabolites that can be created by the plant. Secondary metabolites are the cornerstone to all quality in anything grown. They are not needed for growth, but they are the pest & disease defense of the plant and much more, which includes flavonoids, terpenes and/or trichomes in all plant life.
Most companies use some form of a molasses in their carbohydrate-based products for plants. Most do not extract and refine the ingredient themselves as it is a byproduct of the sugar industry. Molasses, and specifically unsulfured blackstrap molasses, is what is left over when pulling out sugar crystals from the sugar extract. For those that are not sure what types of molasses to use for microbes, it must be unsulfured due to the products that use sulfur dioxide in their process will kill microbial activity and the highest quality molasses which is usually under 50% carbohydrates is blackstrap molasses.
Molasses, as the byproduct of the sugar industry, was found to be a readily available microbial food source. Few have tried to advance the actual base molasses ingredient. Companies may add to it, but they have not extracted from other than sugarcane or sugar beets and then refined that process. Molasses is readily available and technically from a refinement process, but it is not made specifically for microorganisms and is still a crude form of sugar that microbes must first breakdown to consume. In addition, molasses has very small remaining crystals that cannot be seen with the eye but again, must be broken down before consuming by microbes. It is the portions that are too small to be taken up in the sugar refining process. GLB carbohydrate products do not need the same amount of energy or time for microbes to consume as the molasses version of carbohydrates (sucrose, glucose, and fructose). Not all fructose and glucose are the same, just as GLB Fish doesn’t separate and is cleaner than any other fish product or our lignite ore-based products show a noticeable difference verses our competitors. This difference is a core principle to our company, nutrient efficiency. We pull salts and heavy metals out; we don’t add water and we try to make products that use up the least amount of microbial energy so more can go to creating secondary metabolites.
But what about the minerals and vitamins in molasses?
There are three types of molasses, but unsulfured blackstrap being the most concentrated has the highest in mineral and vitamin content. We are not saying that those additional aspects don’t have value and can help soil over the long term for organic matter, but your soils should not be needing the nutrient content of the molasses to excel, and we can prove that in a side-by-side with all other ingredients being equal. If the additional nutrients made a difference, then the quality of molasses should be better at the end of the day. However, growers see and smell denser flowers, more resin, higher quality secondary metabolites and without all the additional parts to the product. How can that be possible?
GLB manufactures carbohydrate products that are made and refined to increase the uptake as a food source which we put against any carbohydrate for plants product on the market. It was not something we threw together to just sell another product in a line. No, we don’t add amino acids, vitamins or minerals to bolster our advertising of the product, as our products with nothing added, will outperform any carbohydrate product at such low application rates. GLB makes amendments that can work in any current line. The purpose of these carbohydrates is to bring out the best in your microbes, which in turn have more energy to spend on secondary metabolites.
The application rates equate to 7 mL per week meaning if you have a reservoir and feed daily, it would be 1 mL per gallon, if you feed every other day 2 mL, if 2 times a week 3.5 ml and so on. Yes, we put this against the $100 a gallon product. 1 mL versus 5-15+ mL of any other products on the market for carbohydrate uptake.
We only recommend 1 mL per gallon as we still get better results than our competition and in no case have we found any issues arising from a hydroponics recirculating Deep Water Culture systems up to the richest of super soils. Some growers have found they can raise it up to higher amounts per gallon but as environment, genetics, and all other inputs can affect how carbohydrates react with microbes there is a point where you can have too much sugar in a plant and carbohydrates can be expressed from the plant. If growers decide to raise the amounts above the recommended dosages, we recommend to gradually raise to see how your plants react in your environment.