isnít that painful if the right amount of base is used. The base is only painful if either too much is used, or the reaction wasnít complete. Itís best to use pH paper to determine the amount of base to add. You want the snuff to have a pH of 9.5-10.5, so sodium bicarbonate is not going to work well. Mix 5 parts dried hulled seeds finely ground with 1 part calcium hydroxide. Add enough water to make it wet, but not watery, sort of like wet clay. Knead it for about 10 minutes, and then check the pH. It should be about 10.5. It will drop as the calcium hydroxide reacts further. It takes a long time for the calcium hydroxide to react. If the pH is lower than 9.5, add 1 part more calcium hydroxide, a little more water, then knead for 10 minutes and test the pH. If itís still lower than 9.5, add more, etc. If the pH is over 11 or higher, then too much calcium hydroxide was added. In that case, add more ground seed material and more water.
You need to let the snuff react after mixing it. If you smell ammonia, then the reaction is not complete. You need to mix it more and give it more time to react. Itís best to let it sit and react overnight covered in the refrigerator (to prevent spoilage). The following morning remove it, knead it a little, it should no longer smell like ammonia. At that point itís done. Dry it in an oven at about 212 F until itís bone dry.
If done right, the final pH of the snuff is 9.5-10.5. If not, the snuff was made wrong.
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how does one test the ph of a solid?