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If you're just brewing for yourself and the quantities you need are small......50 - 100ml.
Then you don't need to go balls out and buy a lot of equipment.
You can use displacement of 0.9ml/gram of raw as opposed to having to use a gram scale.
You can use a C8 MCT oil that is low in viscosity as opposed to having to use too much solvent like BB.
You can use a PVDF or PES 0.022um x 25 or 33mm sterile syringe filters with smaller syringes to keep the pressure down so filtering isn't so time consuming. You don't have to buy bottle top filters with a manual or electric pump for small volume home brews.
You don't even need to buy a vial cap crimper, you can actually make your own tool out of a piece of hardwood with a sharp edge as you hold pressure down on the top of the aluminim vial seals and fold in the edges and I can explain this in detail to save you $100.
As for not asking people on this forum, I've got lots of experience with brewing, but there are sources on this forum that know there stuff and then some and have a lot more experience. So I wouldn't say this forum is lacking expertise, it's just for some reason even on Meso homebrew is mostly filled with comments from guys that are asking niche questions about recipes that work for lesser used anabolics and esters.
Now some of us have lots of lab equipment and if we are ever busted that will go a long way towards a conviction in court for distribution. So I encourage people to avoid owning gram scales with a set of calibrators, if they can as it's not necessary as long as you're using an Graduated Cylinder that is class A, however these are expensive and so are volumetric pipets, so you can do this without those things as well and just use class B graduated cylinders or use pyrex beakers in various sizes starting with 50ml and going up to 250ml depending on your needs.
Home sterilization of glassware and rubber stoppers........pressure cooker filled with Distilled water for glassware and cooked dry in the oven at 250F for 45 minutes. Rubber or silicone stoppers soaked in 91% isopropyl alcohol for 30 minutes. Prepare a tray placed in the oven of all your sterile supplies so you don't touch anything. Wear nitrile gloves, a synthetic non-loose fiber long sleeve jacket and a N95 mask so you don't breath into your brew, have a cover plate to cover over your brew as you heat it with a coffee cup warmer.
So for home I recommend more crude methods that are close estimates that allow you go right up to the point of concentration where your hormone doesn't crash and use that as your guide and adjust the amount you inject based on either labs or feel.....some would consider this sloppy, but it works and it keeps your supplies to a minimum so you don't end up becoming like us that own so much shit that we'd be front page news if we were ever busted. It all comes down to keeping track of your math, how much oil, solvent, was added and displacement and then it becomes an art to make sure it doesn't crash when it cools.