Soylent 1.1 too thin? I've been doing 1.0 wrong!


#1

I’ve been waiting a while for my subscription to get started, so in my haste I started ordering Soylent from resellers on eBay and from people on the forums.

Since resellers don’t sell pitchers, I went and bought a 2 gallon plastic pitcher from Costco. I had been using it for some DIY I was getting from @axcho but with the official I had no idea how much water to use. I seem to remember the Takeya pitcher being 2 quarts so I started there.

Somewhere along the line I somehow started adding more and more water. I think I had like a 1 quart in there and wanted to mix more for the next day, so added on top for 3 quarts total.

Anyway, I ended up with my current recipe of 1 bag of Soylent 1.0 added to nearly 3 liters of water (pitcher has marking for both imperial/metric). No idea how I got there. But then I found it too thin (go figure!) and was adding Xanthum gum to re-thicken it up. Ended up perfectly fine. But then while reading a forum the other day I noticed several people would complain about feeling thirsty after drinking Soylent. Here I am, having to pee every 30 minutes, wondering what in the world they’re talking about.

Last night I received a re-sale of v1.1 that included a pitcher. Mixed it up according to directions, even adding my Xanthum gum. Took a swig. Holy crap did I need a drink of water! It was so… thick! And scratchy. For work I usually fill up two Blender Bottles ™ and that accounts for about 2/3 of the pitcher (leaving about 1.5 bottles worth). Today, I took each bottle and filled them about 2/3 of the way and then added more water. I guess next time I’ll leave out the Xanthum…

TL;DNR: I’ve been using 1.0 with almost double the water required, then re-thickening it with Xanthum. 1.1 according to directions does not seem thin at all to me. Also, I’m bad at reading directions apparently.


#2

You might have just solved Soylent for me. Add extra water AND xanthan gum for a low-calorie mix! perfect


#3

I found if I added even a little too much water to 1.0 it was weird tasting. I mean just a few ounces more of water. I was filling my pitcher roughly an inch below the green line of the handle component and that’s where it tasted best for me. I looked away while filling one night and got very close to the green line. My Soylent tasted of cardboard and all the sweetness was gone. It was smoother though, but I liked the flavor of (possibly underprepared) Soylent so it was no bueno for me.

Did your 3 liter mix taste like anything?


#4

That’s an interesting thought… more water AND a thickening agent. I’m not after a low cal solution personally but I can see how this might be just the ticket for some! Great post :slight_smile:


#5

I also mixed in cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice, so… it wasn’t a strong flavor, but it was very mild and smooth.

I’ve also started mixing with maple syrup (not corn syrup mix, real maple syrup) for a nice hint of flavor.

Both work well with what I’m calling Overhyrdated Soylent ™. Also Badatmath Soylent.

Edit: For my recipe, I use just one bag and bottle of Soylent and oil, plus almost 3 liters of water. I then add my flavoring (either cinnamon or maple syrup), a dash of salt, 2 teaspoons of psyllium husk powder, and about 3/8 teaspoon of Xanthum gum powder. Mix like hell with immersion blender. Chill. Serve.


#6

Thanks for sharing your accident. Seems like we’re all discovering new alternatives to try…