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Have bought online from several suppliers and walk in from Ada Street, Taringa.
http://www.adastreet.com.au/content/cms ... TRIN/1710/
I have most of a large box left I bought about 4 mths ago from Ada Street.
It's packaged in sealed 500g plastic bags, and am happy to sell you 1 or several if you don't want a lot. I paid around $12 /kg.
I looked far and wide and never found pure maltodextrin from supermarkets, pharmacies, health food shops or home brew shops.
Had to go online or to a supplement retailer.
I messed around making my own gels, but eventually realized it's less hassle to buy 120ml flasks and stick cordial, salts, and maltodextrin in. No need to brew it up into a gel.
That's basically what I do, but chuck each into the water of the bidon.
The local home brew shop sells bags of dried corn syrup labelled as 'brew improver' ... 2 kg for $20 IIRC. Beats $3 for about 20g in a commercial gel.
Maltodextrin gives beers and stouts a creamier texture, apparently.
K-Mart (at least in Geelong) sells Coopers Maltodextrin in 500g boxes. I can't recall the exact price, but it's somewhere around the $5ish mark. Note that Coopers sells other brewing sugars as well - get the box that explicitly says "Maltodextrin" on it.
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Coopers brewing sugar is 80% dextrose and 20% maltodextrin. I got some from Woolworth's and used it for the first time last week to make some gel, and it was a bit sweet for my liking due to the high dextrose %. I used some of it on a sweltering ride last week and it seemed to do the trick though. I got a jar of rice syrup to try out with my next batch of gel.
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If you're in or around North Sydney, then you could pick some up from Dave's Homebrew shop. I think they are 1kg packets. The booster and body pack are what you get at Woolies labelled Brew enhancer 1+2, which are a certain %age mix of different sugars. Dave has 100% Maltodextrin for $9.60/kg. Other homebrew shops might have it as well. The main ones that I know of in each captial city are:
Brisbane - Craftbrewer (don't have it on website, but should have it in store)
Melbourne - Grain and Grape (don't have it on website, but should have it in store)
Adelaide - Beer Belly (have it for $6.50/kg)
Perth - Gryphon Brewing (don't have it on website, but should have it in store)
There's many more different stores, but they are the main ones that I know of.
Mr Vitamins is where i get mine - they have an online shop
mr Supplements: http://www.mrsupplement.com.au/nhs-maltodextrin
http://www.bulkpowders.com.au/#/maltode ... 4540564709
Just google Maltodextrin & there'll be more than a few answers
Thanks for the tip PawPaw. I dropped in to Ada St. It's pretty handy. I bought some maltodextrin and some Arginine from them on the strength of a trial I read about a while ago.
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Yep, high GI Gatorade style powder and low GI maltodextrin give your bidon most of what a gel will.
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Stephen from Professional Whey is where I get all my supplements for riding and when i was doing serious gym work - simple, pure, no artifical junk and good value.
He will even answer the phone and have a chat about supplements if you call him up - so not just a faceless online shop.
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When I researched this and spoke to several local home brew shops, I was told there is a difference between corn syrup and maltodextrin.
The former has shorter dextrose chains with a dextrose equivalent of >= 20 DE.
The latter has longer chains with DE between 5 and 20. These are absorbed more slowly by the gut than the shorter corn syrup chains, which is the only reason to take maltodetrin.
None of the home brew shops had 100% pure maltodextrin. They all had shorter chain sugars added.
Interesting, it may be 100% maltodextrin though, just not the sort your after, it looks like you can get maltodextrin from other things besides corn, it just so happens home brew uses a corn based maltodextrin. I used to use Maxim energy powder that claims to be 96% maltodextrin.
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Just wondering how much you put in ??? The Gatorate poweder is usually about 2 scoops per biddon, Do you replace 1 scoop with maltodextrin or add 2 scoops ontop of the gatorade ????
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