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    Hi everyone.
    Just wondering if anyone on here tests for soap other than the "shakem up " test? I believe you can buy soap testing kits, but haven't been able to track one down in Oz let alone Perth. Any help will be appreciated. I filter my bio through wood chips to remove soaps, which I find very effective.
    Cheers Reverend.

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    Re: Soap Testing Kits

    Reverend; I have tested for soap content using Bromothymol Blue pH indicator solution. Buying chemicals in Texas is a big problem, after 9-11 when terrorists knocked down the twin towers. Instuctions to do soap test titration are online. There is a business in the United States named Utah Biodiesel Supply that can be contacted by telephone or possibly by electronic messaging. You can buy your soap testing kit from them. But postal regulations relating to mailing chemicals were not written by chemists. I don't know if shipping Bromothymol Blue pH indicator solution through the Postal service is considered legal here or not. You can get isopropyl alcohol there. I think it is best to use a magnetic stirrer to mix the liquid quickly and uniformly for the best results. There's a private company that carries packages internationally that is not bound by post office regulations named Fed-Ex. They charge a lot. You might ask Utah Biodiesel supply if they can ship to you that way. Utah Biodiesel Supply has a web site that can be found online. I have done business with them.

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    • #3
      Re: Soap Testing Kits

      Thanks Wesley. I looked up Utah, and they don't ship outside of America. Thanks for your reply.

      Cheers Reverend.

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      • #4
        Re: Soap Testing Kits

        Australia Post have a US presence where you can have your items US addressed and the forwarded to you in Oz by ShopMate https://shopmate.auspost.com.au/

        I have not used the service, but have book marked it in case I need to get something from the USA.

        Regards,
        Tony
        Life is a journey, with problems to solve, lessons to learn, but most of all, experiences to enjoy.

        Current Vehicles in stable:
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        '04 Rexton 4X4 Automatic SUV
        '2014 Toyota Prius (on ULP) - Wife's car

        Previous Vehicles:
        '90 Mazda Capella. (2000 - 2003) My first Fatmobile. Converted to fun on veggie oil with a 2 tank setup.
        '80 Mercedes 300D. 2 tank conversion [Sold]
        '84 Mercedes 300D. 1 tank, no conversion. Replaced engine with rebuilt OM617A turbodiesel engine. Finally had good power. Engine donor for W123 coupe. (body parted out and carcass sold for scrap.)
        '85 Mercedes Benz W123 300CD Turbodiesel
        '99 Mercedes W202 C250 Turbodiesel (my darling Wife's car)[sold]
        '98 Mercedes W202 C250 Turbodiesel (my car)[sold]
        '06 Musso Sports Crew Cab well body. [Head gasket blew!]
        '04 Rexton SUV 2.9L Turbodiesel same as Musso - Our Family car.
        '06 Musso sports Crew Cab Trayback - My hack (no air cond, no heater).

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        • #5
          Re: Soap Testing Kits

          OK, Having read the process, the main things you need are the Indicator (Bromophenyl Blue), 99% Isopropyl Alcohol and the Titration fluid (0.01Normal HCL), which should all be available in Australia. You may need a Chemist to make up the Titration fluid.
          The procedure seems simple enough to follow, for someone who makes biodiesel.
          Have a google to see where you can get it in Australia (add "site:.au" to your google search to only show sites in Australia).

          Regards,
          Tony
          Items Needed:
          Bromophenol Blue pH Indicator
          99% Pure Isopropyl Alcohol
          Hydrochloric Acid 0.01 Normal (HCL)
          Magnetic Stirrer
          Graduated Glass Beaker Capable Of Holding 150 mL Liquid
          2 Glass Pipettes (1 mL or 10 mL works best)
          Life is a journey, with problems to solve, lessons to learn, but most of all, experiences to enjoy.

          Current Vehicles in stable:
          '06 Musso Sports 4X4 Manual Crew Cab tray back.
          '04 Rexton 4X4 Automatic SUV
          '2014 Toyota Prius (on ULP) - Wife's car

          Previous Vehicles:
          '90 Mazda Capella. (2000 - 2003) My first Fatmobile. Converted to fun on veggie oil with a 2 tank setup.
          '80 Mercedes 300D. 2 tank conversion [Sold]
          '84 Mercedes 300D. 1 tank, no conversion. Replaced engine with rebuilt OM617A turbodiesel engine. Finally had good power. Engine donor for W123 coupe. (body parted out and carcass sold for scrap.)
          '85 Mercedes Benz W123 300CD Turbodiesel
          '99 Mercedes W202 C250 Turbodiesel (my darling Wife's car)[sold]
          '98 Mercedes W202 C250 Turbodiesel (my car)[sold]
          '06 Musso Sports Crew Cab well body. [Head gasket blew!]
          '04 Rexton SUV 2.9L Turbodiesel same as Musso - Our Family car.
          '06 Musso sports Crew Cab Trayback - My hack (no air cond, no heater).

          Searching the Biofuels Forum using Google
          Adding images and/or documents to your posts

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          • #6
            Re: Soap Testing Kits

            Good thinking Tony. Thanks for that.

            Cheers Reverend

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            • #7
              Re: Soap Testing Kits

              i got a quote from utah biodiesel to send me a soap test & a methanol test kit yesterday , however the freight to AUS was $75

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