I have seen the independent tests online, I just can’t bring myself to trust them. I know there is a pretty popular site that regularly tests the different labs they carry. To believe the tests you have to believe they actually randomly pull bottles through anonymous purchases and test them. I don’t see the site doing that. I see the site saying hey it’s time to test so send us your latest batch. If the labs know the batch is getting tested then yes that batch is on point. Maybe they do make anonymous purchases and then test idk. What I do know is I used one of their top brands with numerous testings and that stuff doesn’t hold a candle to the home brew I measure out myself. If you can find the real old tests from this site you will see the lab name and you can Google the name…I could never find a lab with that name.
I do believe that most UGLs do try to put out as good of product as possible but there are just too many factors that come into play working against a consistent product. What happens if the raw powder producer has issues? Go look at producers websites, a number of them acknowledge that shitty batches have made it out the door but they “fired” the people responsible.
If you are familiar with the history of muscle cars then you know of the 1964 GTO. Well basically the guys at Pontiac decided that sense everyone was wanting faster cars then why not put their big car engine into their small mid size car. The outside of the engine was the same size, the cylinders and stroke were larger. So in 63 the mid size only could go as big as 326 I think, in 64 they let the mid size get the 389. When it came time for car and driver to do the write up the guys knew the car needed to perform so they thought well the outside size of the 389 is the same size as the 421. No one from car and driver was going to go and look at the casting numbers so they would think it was the 389. So the night before the review they put a 421 into the test car only that was not enough insurance for them, they wanted the car to melt the tires so everyone in the country would want one. They preped the 421 so it wasn’t even a regular 421. The prep kit they came up with was later sold as a package via royal Pontiac I think, if you have a true royal Pontiac preped GTO today it’s just about priceless. Obviously the car and driver review went well because today we all still know about the GTO. Now if one of the largest corporations in America is willing to intentionally deceive the entire country to sell cars and that’s with knowing if they get caught there would be hell to pay, what would a UGL be willing to do? The truth about the 1964 GTO car and driver review was a secret until the late 90s.
I know there are legit UGLs out there and they do their best to provide a quality product. The problem with that is once they have a good name then other people make knock off of their stuff.
Just be aware of how greedy people can be. After a couple of cycles you should be able to tell if your bottle is a good batch or possibly a fake or just a fucked up batch because someone didn’t measure or heat it properly.