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    Default Source of cheap betaine?

    Betaine from bait suppliers (or health stores) seems to be rather expensive. I know it can be had from animal feed suppliers, but I can't find any locally and didn't have much luck with a web search either. Does anyone know a cheap source or contact they can share?
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    Default Re: Source of cheap betaine?

    Bump. Someone must have some info...
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    Default Re: Source of cheap betaine?

    TMG is used by the ton in livestock farming, also used in salmon farming

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    Default Re: Source of cheap betaine?

    I must need to word my search better. The TMG available seems to be for health supplements and angling, with the usual huge mark-up.
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    Default Re: Source of cheap betaine?

    Quote Originally Posted by robtherake View Post
    I must need to word my search better. The TMG available seems to be for health supplements and angling, with the usual huge mark-up.
    Yes its exactly the same organic compound sold by the angling industry - at huge mark-up... I was hinting at where you might be able to obtain it cheaply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laguna View Post
    Yes its exactly the same organic compound sold by the angling industry - at huge mark-up... I was hinting at where you might be able to obtain it cheaply.
    Yeah, I got your hint, but unfortunately don't know anyone connected with the farming industry I'll have to ask around locally - there must be someone who knows someone...
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    Default Re: Source of cheap betaine?

    I was tempted to suggest beetroot, but wikifying trimethyl glycine yielded this:
    "TMG is an organic osmolyte that occurs in high concentrations (10s of millimolar) in many marine invertebrates, such as crustaceans and molluscs. It serves as a potent appetitive attractant to generalist carnivores such as the predatory sea-slug Pleurobranchaea californica.[5]"

    So just whizzing up whatever shellfish the market-stall chap (or the supermarket) has to sell off cheap near the end of the day may well be the budget way forward.

    Which saves me from embarrassing myself with a bright red, stain-all, catch-naught "Additive". Which is nice.

    Afterthought: Chinese Oyster sauce???
    Last edited by Alan Tyler; 15-07-2014 at 10:33. Reason: Afterthought

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    Default Re: Source of cheap betaine?

    Shrimp powder like they sprinkle seaweed in them restaurants
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    Default Re: Source of cheap betaine?

    Quote Originally Posted by laguna View Post
    Thanks, I'll give it a whirl.
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