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`"Craig
Dremann's Hotness Scale"-different
from "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`

`To convert to
SCOVILLE heat units, multiply the DHS by 12.`

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