Re: Taste test kit
- From: Andy Schecter <schecter@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 21:28:55 -0500
Denatonium benzoate is ostensibly the most pure bitter substance on
the earth. It is used as an aversive flavoring in poisonous
substances that might be accidentally or mistakenly ingested. Also
used to test the effectiveness of HEPA filters and PPEs. It is sold
under the trade name Bitrex. Technical info here
http://www.bitrex.com/pages/technical_frameset.htm and much additional
info on the same site.
So far I've learned that it's $137.50 to purchase 4 oz of Bitrex, the minimum quantity.
I haven't received an MSDS yet. Since it's designed to denature products, ie, make them unpalatable, it's not clear how safe it is when deliberately ingested.
Thanks to all the people who made helpful suggestions. The key for me is finding a bitter substance that is safe and has few other flavor overtones.
For now, I'm going to try the NoDoz. Cheaper than Bitrex!