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What are the differences between the Methylcellulose products?

Methylcellulose is derived from naturally occurring carbohydrates in plants. There are a variety of versions that perform similar functions, but differ slightly.

 

Methocel F50M

 

Dispersion and Hydration

Methocel F 50 can be dispersed in both hot and cold liquids. Use a blender for best results. It hydrates at temperatures below 15C/59F. Many people refrigerate the dispersed F50M for a few hours to let it hydrate.

 

Usage

Methocel F50M gels in hot temperatures and then melts when it cools down. It will gel at around 62C/143F – 68C/154F. Below that temperature, it will begin to liquefy again.

 

For foams, use 1.0-2.0% ratio by weight. Add 0.1-0.3% xanthan gum for best results (more stable foam).

 

Methocel A4C

 

Dispersion and Hydration

Methocel A4C needs to be dispersed in a hot liquid. Use a blender for best results. After it has been dispersed, it needs to be hydrated in a cold liquid (below 15C/59F). You can simply let the dispersed liquid cool and then refrigerate it. It should be hydrated in about 60 minutes, but many people like to let it refrigerate for several hours.

 

Usage

Use 0.25-3.0% ratio by weight for gels. Using more will create a firmer gel.

Methocel A4C will begin to gel around 50C/122F – 55C/131F.

 

Methocel A15C

 

Dispersion and Hydration

Disperse in hot liquid. Liquid must be cooled in order for Methocel A15C to hydrate (< 13C/55F).

 

Usage

Firm gel forms at 50C/122F – 55C/131F

 

Methocel SGA7C

 

Dispersion and Hydration

Disperse in hot liquid. Liquid must be cooled in order for Methocel SGA7C to hydrate (< 10C/50F).

 

Usage

Very firm gel forms at 38C/100F – 44C/114F

 

Methocel A4M

 

Dispersion and Hydration

Disperse in hot liquid. Liquid must be cooled in order for Methocel A4M to hydrate (< 13C/55F).

 

Usage

Firm gel forms at 50C/122F – 55C/131F

 

Methocel K100

 

Dispersion and Hydration

Disperse in a hot liquid. Liquid must be cooled in order for Methocel K100 to hydrate (< 29.5C/85F).

 

Usage

Soft gel forms at 70C/158F – 90C/194F