I just thought I would post this in case other people are looking for an easy way to mix up their powders into phlojel.
The first time I tried to homebrew some 1t and 4ad, I took two bowls, put the powder in, added some isopropyl alcohol and mixed it with a spatchula, then I added the phlojel to the bowl and mixed it all up. when I was done I tried to load it into some 60ml syringes, I had thee problems doing it this way: First, the spatchula has a "bump" in the middle where the stick goes in, this makes it hard to scrape all of the mix into the syringe, consequently I lost some of it since it was stuck to the spatchula, second There was residue stuck all over the bowl, I got a lot of it out, but there was still some stuck there. Last you can't tell if all of the powder is dissolved or if it is still grainy, yes if its REALLY grainy you can see it, but if there is small grains its hard to see.
Now like I said this was my first time so I kind of planned on having a hard time at it but I lost 7 days worth of gel because of these problems. Last night I mixed up some more 4ad but I did it a different way. First I made sure to cut up the powder w/ a credit card to make it finer, next I put it into a ziploc baggie, get it all to go into one corner, next add in some isopropyl alcohol and mix it up with your fingers (from the outside of the bag!) You can seal the bag and use the credit card to spread it around if you want. Next add in the phlojel and mix it up with the card / your fingers.
This way you can feel if its grainy or not, and I think that the credit card does a better job at mixing in and crushing the grains better than a rubber spatchula. When you are done mixing, you can then snip a corner and squeeze it into a syringe, or just squeeze it out of that corner and weight it out that way if you don't want to do the syringes.
Just thought that maybe some of you would find this useful.