To start with, I brew my EM-elixirs in a 12 liter plastic vessel used for wine brewing. It has a water lock to keep the vessel from exploding. I must give a small warning here; even if you have a water lock, in the first few days of brewing the fermentation process can be very active, which sometimes causes the water lock to be overload, creating a small EM-volcano. So, keep an eye on your water lock. For heating the batch I use an aquarium heater inside to keep the temperature at about 32˚Celcius. A brewing set like this you can easily get at your local home-brewing shop.
The following ingredients I often use for a 12 liter brew:
-EM-1, ½ liter (or Mother culture - the dormant state micro-organisms)
-Blackstrap Molasses, ½ liter
-Water, 9 liters (preferably without chlorine)
-Soy Sauce, a few tbsp. (Chinese store)
-Different kinds of seaweed, a few sheets (you need to crumble the sheets before putting them in the brew. The sushi seaweed is the easiest to crumble) - (Chinese store)
-Spirulina powder, very rich in all kinds of vitamins and trace-elements (gives your brew a quick start natural health store)
-Cera C powder (EM ceramics powder, incredibly useful and powerful can be bought at you EM-store)
-Bentonite clay - About 3 tbsp (Any clay used for health purposes I have found useful; Benzonite or Montmorrilonite clay are also fine to use natural health store)
-Herbs, a few tbsp (For flavor and their enhancing properties. I often use a mix of Indian spices and herbs: turmeric, chilli etc. But you can add and experiment yourself. Chilli and turmeric have anti-oxidative properties)
-Multivitamins a handful (I just grind the tablets into powder and mix it in)
-Garlic, 3 6 toes (Delicious and good properties)
-Ginseng, because this is quite expensive I use it only sometimes 250 ml, you can use more if you wish
-Shrimp paste and fish paste a few tbsp. (incredibly rich in nutrients and beneficial wild microbes)
-Wheat bran or some kind of cereal mix (the healthy kind) a few tbsp. (a nutritious meal for your microbes to feed on)
The following ingredients I just put in because I feel it has value, but seem quit odd. They have never failed me and I believe they do put in some significant value. Besides, it gives me a bit of an alchemists feeling, brewing my own life-elixirs with these weird ingredients.
-Dried mushrooms, a bag (because of the wizardy feeling - Chinese store)
-Lotus buds, a bag (the lotus has a Divine significance - Chinese store)
-Chinese fish soup, with fish guts and pieces of dried fish, one pack (for some extra beneficial microbes and again the alchemist thing again
-Herbal teas just to give the brew some extra taste and properties like: relaxation, sweet dreams or good morning feeling.
-Stardust a handful of stardust from your local Galaxy (will enhance the sleep and mystical properties of the brew)
-Love yes, a heartful of Love (will give the micro-organisms the extra boost they need to make a very tasty and powerful Elixer.)
After Ive collected everything I first start filling half the vessel by mixing hot water and all molasses, until the molasses had been dissolved. Then I put in all the ingredients mentioned above and mix the lot well. I make sure all the ingredients are cut up or shredded. Finally I pour in the EM Mother culture (EM-1) and fill the vessel up to the edge, close the lid, install the water-lock and power on the heater. And its ready to become your favorite drink!
I always let it brew at least one month before drinking it. But like a wine, these brews tend to grow better when matured. Brewing them for 6 month or longer is no problem. The quality and taste of the batch will only improve.
If anything is not clear, please let me know. I am happy to give advice or clarity on this subject.