Hello all, I have been thinking (yes, I know, dangerous habit) that with all of the ingredients used in emulsion making, it should be possible to create a set of rules or algorithms that would represent each ingredient and its expected response (or something like it) when used in an emulsion formula. You could then create a java applet or some other type of program that would allow you to design the emulsion you want on the fly, before you started mixing anything. You could even have the applet display a picture and dynamically alter picture attributes as you change ingredient parameters (if you change temperature, concentration, amounts, mixing time, etc) to give a possibility of what the resultant emulsion would most likely produce compared to some sort of standard. Although I admit that might be a stretch. You might even be able to change the scale of the mix, but this might add more metrics than can be handled easily. The real interesting possibility is that the same design program could be linked to control and feedback electronics and used to create the emulsion once a formula is selected. You could then just select the desired formula, hit a button "and go". I know this is way beyond simple emulsion making, but it should be possible to do. You might even be able to substitute ultrafiltration for the noodle-washing step and decant the finished emulsion into light tight containers ready to put in the fridge (I have to work on that one -- could be problems with that idea) Not easy, maybe. But definitely possible. Your thoughts are appreciated. Bob M.