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energy gels?(5 posts)

energy gels?andy02
Jun 26, 2003 5:41 AM
I go though energy gels like mad and it is getting pricey. I thought of trying a couple of the homemade gels that I have seem on the web. However the reaction calls for rice syrup and all I have is brown rice syrup. It says not to use this by I can't figure out why?? It should be better for long lasting energy?? right? Has anyone made thes before? can someone tell me why I shouldn't use brown rice syrup?
Try maltodextrin powder...Spunout
Jun 26, 2003 7:03 AM
I use 80g of maltodextrin mixed with 125ml of watered down (homemade) gatorade, in a blender to dissolve. I pack these into gel flasks available from the runner's supply store.

The result is a liquid worth 320 Cal. ingested in two mouthfuls. Works awesome! I go through one every 1.25 hours in races.

Maltodextrin I purchase from the brewer's supplier.
Jun 26, 2003 7:07 AM
that sounds like a great idea! you don't add any "lite salt" for KCl?
The brown rice syrup is fineheckman
Jun 26, 2003 7:56 AM
I tried the recipe here:

but when I went to purchase the rice syrup, I bought the brown stuff, not knowing the difference. The kool-aid flavor is a bit strong for me, so I have diluted the recipe to be 1 kool-aid packet for 3 cups of rice syrup, with the other ingredients in the same proportion. I also add a tablespoon of sugar for each cup of rice syrup.

I have the hammer gel flasks, and the 3-cup recipe fills up about 4 1/2 of them.

The only difference/gotcha that I have found is that the mixture is much thicker than the gels, so I have to keep the flask turned upside down in my jersey pocket as I am riding, otherwise I'm waiting for the gel to come out of the flask when I'm ready for it (think the slow ketchup commercials from tv).

The syrup mixture seems to work fine. I've used it as my energy source on rides from 50-70 miles so far without any problems.

I hope that this helps.

thanks-I did the samething you did-bought the wrong stuff (nm)andy02
Jun 26, 2003 9:31 AM