Q: What happens if the liquid is not drained off until the bucket is ready to be emptied. Do you lose the goodness from the liquid?
A: Generally the liquid will lose bio activity rather than nutrient content with time. The juice will retain more goodness in cooler times than warmer and you will get an idea of quality by way of odour and colour.
Good juice will be gold in colour with a fruity like smell. Poor quality will be opaque and greyish with an ‘off’ odour.
If the latter the juice can still be used directly on soil however not recommended for foliage.