There are two main ways people do steroid manufacturing. One is according to pharmaceutical standards, and the other is bulk blending.
I’ll try to explain the differences and their implications on quality and price.
The process of manufacturing to pharmaceutical standards goes something like this;
Step 1 is the formulation, a chemist does that. This cost money because the process burns amounts of raw materials and it takes skill. Then comes testing and formulation of preservatives, different oils and raw materials. Stability testing takes place here. This procedure gives the specifications of what the end product should be.
The next step is procurement of pharmaceutical grade raw materials. These comes with proper paperwork for quality and tracking batches. The paper trail is there so they can trace any problems back to each part. Next comes the production line. They make the factory sterile and pumped full of clean air to create a positive pressure environment. This stops any airborne contaminants from getting into the factory. You can imagine the cost involved.
From here they clean the production lines until they are 100% sterile. Then the mixing process starts. They make a batch and then tested to see if it conforms to the standards. Filling the vials with the exact amounts, ratios and active ingredients is next. They do this every time they make a batch. It uses up raw materials that are expensive. Again you can see the cost implication.
Once calibration of the production line is done, sterilising the vials and caps takes place. Vials are filled, labeled, batch stamped and batch tested. The end product is the exact composition specified. That is what you pay for. Every vial has the same composition and quantities specified. Consistently.
Steroid Manufacturing and Bulk Blending
They use bulk blending for black-market steroids where a manufacturer makes bulk batches and then sells it to various “brands” at the cheapest possible price. There are many of them. The process here is uncomplicated and cheap. Weigh out raw materials in the ration required and throw them in a blender. The cost of manufacturing to pharmaceutical stands described above left out. Out comes the solution. This packed as bulk and shipped. The brands then decanted it into vials themselves or the manufacture does it for them. There is not record keeping, no testing. They stick labels containing fabricated batch numbers and on. This takes place in backyards, garages or wherever.
The result is you get a vial with oil and the active but what the ratio is and the amounts are is anybody’s guess. You don’t know how these vary between batches. The vial you buy today will differ from the one you buy next month. There is no control and no consistency. The manufacturing procedure doesn’t allow for it. These steroids work but there are big quality differences between the two methods of manufacture.
Steroid Manufacturing: The Difference
Telling the difference is hard because there is an inherent amount of bullshit that goes with the bulk manufactured steroids. Usually running down the more expensive quality steroids to convince people to buy the cheaper versions.
The lower prices also seems attractive to buyers that does not have the means or experience to really tell theses steroids apart or tell their effects apart. The average person can’t tell the effects of Sustanon apart from test cypionate for instance. Specialized blends are substituted with cheap blends. Putting 10% less of the active in the solution may not make that big a difference to the end user but it increases the profit for the blenders. With bulk steroids everything is driven by manufacturing as cheap as possible and many corners are cut.
Another problem is that labels are copied so it looks like the real thing and cost as much but is is actually low quality counterfeits. I don’t have to tell you how good the Chinese are at doing just that. In the end there are two choices, cheap and nasty or quality but more expensive.