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I have a few questions regarding the water wash stage after basifying has been complete and you gathered your 3 solevant layers.
Most people say to do a water wash with a ph of 8.5. Distilled water is only 7 and most people also say not to use NaOH to raise the ph (even though I did my first time with decent results) What should be used to safely raise the ph to 8.5?
How do you water wash?
I've always been told to do an 8.5 ph wash first followed by 2 baking soda washes and finishing off with a sea-salt water wash.
I don't like online DMT extractions, after you've add strong acid to your organic layer you should come up with two layers, the organic naptha layer and your aqeuos layer that has dissolved alkaloid salts in the aqeuos layer.
One should remove and save the aqeuos layer and add another volume of strong acid (HCl) to the naptha layer and again remove the aqeuos layer and combine it with the previously removed aqeuos layer. You could repeat this once more.
If your aqeuos layer is colored you could add activated charcoal and heat to remove any color, then decant off the liquid or physically remove the charcoal pellets in some way.
Add Strong aqeuos base, NaOH to your aqeuos solution that's now decolorized. Add it dropwise until solution is titrated back to pH of 7, if you over shoot the 7 and the pH goes beyond that, add a little more acid dropwise until pH is back down to 7, you should have crystals falling out of solution while adding base.
Once done you could heat the solution until all crystals have been put back into solution and cool slowly by insulating your vessel to promote the formation of good crystals. Then cool in an ice bath once it reaches room temp.
Filter your solution and then use cold cold distilled water to wash any remaining impurities off your crystals through the funnel.