just as a reference point, I once went to one of them "build it yourself" type sites to try and formulate some Surge... it turns out it cost the same as just buying the damn Surge (actually it was like 25c cheaper per pound, but shipping was a bitch)
anyways, long story short, I decied that I could keep experimenting with homeade formulas that are all approximations of something tried and true, or man up and help out the guys who help provide this site by saving some dough and just buying Surge.
I get 3 lbs 3oz of gatorade powder at walmart for 8 dollars. This makes about 6 gallons. Also does not contain HFCS like the liquid.
I use just shy of one scoop for my PWO shake. This gives me about 25 servings per 8$ tub with 200 cals, and 52 carbs per scoop.
I mix this with my whey to get a ratio of 24g protein to 55 carbs.
Now Im not saying this is better than Surge. I have never used Surge and Surge has other things in it as well that the Gatorade/Whey cant give you. Probably tastes alot better too. (Lemon/Chocolate PWO Shake, yuk.) But for somebody like me who is usually broke, this is close enough to perfection.
Malto and Dextrose is even cheaper than the gatorade, so I look forward to trying that soon too.
Edit- Just did the math roughly. Gatorade is ~.32 a serving, and my protein is ~.65 a serving. So I pay ~$1.00 for each PWO Shake.
Haha, I cannot remember if I said it before. But I am an unemployed college student. I am lucky to be able to afford my cell phone and what supplements I do use. Normally I would hesitate to cut funds from something important like that, but I have already cut my entertainment budget in order to get my protein, fats and creatine supply for the month. Fortunately eating healthy is cheaper thank eating like crap.
slightly off topic but when i was at uni i was involved in a study that used gatorade during the session to blunt the cortisole responce to resistance training. im not sure if study is published yet but there are a few already done, try pub med and see what comes up.