BK:From my exp. and this surely could have changed while I was away, the chinese are rarely using bacteria to manufactuer hormones/improve on them. I had begged them to use a similar process for a compound I was looking to do 4 or 5 years ago. They wouldnt even consider it an option.
I highly doubt its Chinese in origin based on what they say. It's probably from somewhere in Eastern Europe, Brazil, or maybe India. Who knows.The Chinese want ZERO to do with bacterial fermentation of stuff like this.
I did not realize it would be as easy to do as you mentioned but years ago I wanted to get 11-keto/11-hydroxy andros made and was told, as was Matt I imagine, "no thanks, we're not interested in making them" - I can't see the Chinese going out and buying the fermentation tanks and equipment, trying to learn how to do this, so they can make what? 10kg or 20kg of material for one stupid company in Florida on a bombing run?!?
I guess one possibility is that it really is coming from Shionogi (Japan) which would be amazing because they are a huge, legit pharmaceutical company. That is the rumor, BK just doesnt buy it. Most (all) supp companies work as cheap as possible. The raws come from who knows where. They are impure and dirty. Something from a pharma could be great (if it happened).