I would like to make a irreversible konjac gel. MC states that it doesn't melt in alkaline conditions >pH9. How do I create a alkaline solution with baking soda or lye water? What is the basic parameters to make an irreversible gel?. I have been experimenting based on the properties of konjac stated in "hydrocolloids properties and uses" in MC Vol4 but without much success. Any help and input is appreciated.