I cut the recipe in half and with the 1/4 c of water with the baking soda dissolved it was too dry and would not hold together.
I added 4 ounces of water and it got the consistency it needed to be.
I tasted the first batch and added half again as much brown sugar and cinnamon and cloves to the remaing batter..
I used 9 cups of flour because I looked up how many cups were in 5lbs and it said 20.
So, If you make the full recipe, add 8oz water.
This is a 2.5 gallon container
After you finish the last batch, you put a cut orange in the container and seal it for a month.
I believe we replace the oranges two weeks into the cure time. THE ORANGES ARE VERY IMPORTANT.