I'm about to give up on a Metol analog of Rodinal. I could more easily concoct a Metol-C-TEA. I have a compound of Metol and C in glycerin. I call it a compound becuse it seems to be more than a solution. It has 2.5 grams of Metol and 4 grams of ascorbic acid in 100 ml, and took 250 F to get it there. Now I'm out of Metol, but have more p-aminophenol coming tomorrow. I don't like the idea of using KOH, mostly because it's hard to tell what I'm getting when I weigh it because it turns into a puddle while I weigh it. I probably should have made a solution as soon as I opened the container, or else sprung for the money to get it in the solution form. I'm going to see what happens when I use K2CO3 to form the potassium aminophenolate. The CO2 should fizz away for the most part with a little help from heating. We'll see. If that doesn't work, I'll see what I can do with K2CO3 and Ca(OH)2, which will at least make a solution of KOH and a limestone rock I can use as an ornament.