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`"Craig
Dremann's Hotness Scale"--different
from the "Scoville" Scale?
`

To test a pepper using the Scoville units, you have to spend several hundred dollars to have a laboratory test the heat of a single pepper.

`On the other hand,
Craig Dremann's Hotness Scale™ can be done at home in the
kitchen, with a gram scale, a blender, and a graduated baby's
eyedropper (in cc) in about 10 minutes.
`

`What makes Craig
Dremann's scale numbers so much better, is that they relate
to something that is real---they mean that if you take a single
ounce of a particular pepper, how many ounces of salsa will that
make hot?`

Plus, you can confirm Craig Dremann's Hotness Scale numbers yourself in your own kitchen at almost no cost, in less than 10 minutes.

`Supplies needed:`

`Pepper(s) to be
tested
Gram scale
Blender
Graduated baby eyedropper (at the pharmacy)
Small bowl
Teaspoon.`

`You are going
to do some high school math, to arrive at the number.`

`The formula:`

`Weigh water in
blender in grams(BW)/Wt. pepper gms (PEP),
times weight of tasting water/ccs of blended pepper water.`

`BW/PEP x Tasting
water grams/CC.`

`1.) Add a weighed
amount of water to the blender, we usually start with 200 grams.
Add those grams to the left side of the equation.`

`2.) Cut the stem
off the pepper(s) and weigh it in grams, and put it in the blender,
and add those grams to the left side of the equation. `

`3.) Then put a
weighed amount of water in the tasting bowl, like 200 grams, and
blend the pepper.`

`4.) Take the baby
eyedropper and draw out 4-5 cc of the blended pepper water out
of the blender.`

`5.) Take the teaspoon
and taste what the tasting water in the small bowl tastes like,
without any pepper added to it.`

`Then add to the
tasting bowl one cc at a time, stir into the tasting water, and
taste and see if you detect any heat. The heat will first start
at the back of the throat.`

`When you think
you are detecting heat, add another cc to confirm. `

`If the heat comes
on too quickly, like with less than a cc of blended pepper, add
an additional weighed amount of water to the blender, get a fresh
weighed amount of tasting water, and start over. `

`Sometimes with
the hottest habaneros and scotch bonnets, we have to use 1,000
grams of water in the blender and 400 grams of tasting water.
`

`When you have
determined how many cc of the blender water, turns the heat on
your tasting water, put that number in your equation.`

`EXAMPLE:`

`So let's say,
that you put 200 GRAMS OF WATER in the blender, and added 10 GRAMS
OF PEPPERS and blended.`

`The left side
of the equation is 200/10`

`Then you put 200
grams of water in the TASTING BOWL, and found that 5 cc of the
BLENDED PEPPER water brought the heat on.`

`The right side
of the equation is 200/5.`

`The you just multiply
both sides of the equation:`

`200/10 or 20,
times 200/5 or 40 = 800 DHS
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`Updated 8/17/10`

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