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homebrew Gu(8 posts)

homebrew GuRubberbandman
Aug 6, 2002 7:09 AM
Anyone have any recipes for a homebrew gu? I've tried some for energy bars and they are pretty good-it also gives me an activity for a kitchen activity with my daughter.

re: homebrew Gualansutton
Aug 6, 2002 8:11 AM
Anything my daughter makes in the kitchen is homebrew Gu!
re: homebrew Guszybki
Aug 6, 2002 8:50 AM
Gu is basically maltodextrin, along with some vitamins and flavoring, most have a little caffeine too. A guy in my club makes his own, I can't stand the way it tastes. He uses maltodextrin powder bought from the local health food store, mixes in a little salt, some orange jelly and a little crushed vivarin. He uses an old HammerGel flask to hold the mess. Tastes like bad ass to me, not the same consistancy as Gu either. He says it's a ton cheaper and works the same or better. Something to try with your daughter. Maybe you can improve the taste. Good luck.
re: homebrew Gutarwheel
Aug 6, 2002 8:56 AM
How about honey or maple syrup? Seems like either one would make a good substitute.
Heres a link. Actually those are probably the ones..Wayne
Aug 6, 2002 9:42 AM
you should avoid. Of all the sugars, I think fructose is the only one we have specific transporter for, so you're limited as to how fast you can take it up from the intestines. Pretty sure fructose is the main sugar in honey and I would think maple syrup as well. Here's a link to a site with a homemade Gu recipe. I looked into it but couldn't find maltodextrin anywhere in less than 50 kilogram bags!
Heres a link.szybki
Aug 6, 2002 12:38 PM sells maltodextrin powder by the pound pretty cheaply.
Maltodextrin is basically corn starchPecos
Aug 6, 2002 12:43 PM
It is processed further by adding an acid to break down the molecular structure further which makes it more readily available to burn. I think molasses is also a good source for readily available calories for burning. It also has some other beneficial ingredients like potassium and sodium. I have been experimenting using it in combination with other ingredients to make my own Gu. Further testing is needed :O)
Not reallyKerry
Aug 6, 2002 5:02 PM
Maltodextrin is liquified, saccharified corn starch. Corn starch is heated to 105 C with alpha amylase enzyme to liquifyit, then cooked at about 60 C with gluco amylase enzyme to turn it into sugars. Cook it a long time and you get glucose, cook it a short time and you get maltodextrin (on its way to glucose). The advantage to maltodextrin is that it doesn't coat your teeth in those "little green sweaters" like glucose or fructose does. Maltodextrin would be your best starting point for home brew, with table sugar added for more sweetness as needed. Not that any of this has much going for it over Fig Newtons, but there you go.