A question that I see commonly posted as comments in previous blog updates that I think really should be addressed (because people bent on making Soylent are going to do it and really may make themselves sick if they make it incorrectly) is how to properly measure the various ingredients that Soylent is comprised of.
Specifically, the ingredients being used to make Soylent have been given in units of mass (and for good reason!). Unfortunately, you can’t use measuring cups and tablespoons to measure mass (but you can use these items if you are able to find out an ingredient’s mass and some simple math!). Unless you’re a chemist or a college student, the average person does not have access to a triple beam balance or even a microgram balance. You can take my word that both cost several hundred dollars to buy and if you don’t believe me, there’s always Google.
Ultimately, I am not a chemist and not one to tell people how to do this. I fix things that blink and make noise, build bikes, sometimes brew my own beer, and am an occasional practitioner of a specific sect of black magics called “programming”.
I’m posting this here in the hope that someone more properly educated to explain this question in detail can do just that, preferably with a common household digital gram scale used for cooking so people attempting to Soylent don’t end up putting too much (or too little) of one or more ingredients and making themselves sick.