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Comment author: bcoburn 12 April 2012 12:17:18AM 4 points [-]

Just for the record, and in case it's important in experiment planning, caffeine isn't actually tasteless at all. has a fairly bitter and certainly easy to recognize taste dissolved in just water.

It is, however, really easy to mask in, for example, orange juice, so the taste shouldn't make the experiments hard as such. Just another design constraint to be aware of.

I'd also recommend adding some sort of n days on, m days off cycling to your tests, mostly because that's what I do and I want to take advantage of other people's research.

Comment author: wedrifid 12 April 2012 07:03:01AM 4 points [-]

Just for the record, and in case it's important in experiment planning, caffeine isn't actually tasteless at all. has a fairly bitter and certainly easy to recognize taste dissolved in just water.

Sounds like it is time for cheap gelatin capsules.

Comment author: gwern 12 April 2012 12:24:18AM 1 point [-]

I'd also recommend adding some sort of n days on, m days off cycling to your tests

There's a lot of possible schedules; you need to start somewhere.