TODAY'S UPDATE I have just created a controlled batch of mix using 1 cup Carbonate in 2 cups of filtered water in 1 cup of hydrated lime in 2 cups of water. It has produced a milkshake looking mix of 4 cups of fluid which will now slowly seperate out to solids and liquid. I did put a small amount in the funnel to filter out. By the end of the day I hope to have an idea of how much lye solution I'll recover from this mix. That in turn should give an idea of strength.