The reason I am making a new post for this is it doesn't seem to be a discussion and there seems to be plenty of Bees on here now who have studied this reaction. Let me first say that everything written here is based on pure hypothesis and information obtained from liersture found on the subject.
So with that out of the way let me explain what my research has come up with over years of study and writting. The quantity listed seems to be in a great excess. Now I understand that the reason the amount is called for is do to a few variables some of which can not be determined to an exact due to the crude materials and equipment being worked with but some can be controlled with alittle bit of thought and time taken. The AN can first be dried under heat lamp or in an oven on a LOW temp. The non polar can also be dried by means of MGSO4 baked in an oven and placed in the same jar containing said non polar. So if both of those are treated as listed above a good portion of the moisture had been eliminated before the reaction even takes place. Now all we are left with is the figure for how much H2O is produced during the reaction between AN and the NaOH. I have done a ton of study on this and have written about this story hundreds of times I have done studies using a variety of weights of Li and have found that the amount called for if the above precautions are taken produces a relatively high quantity of CMP. When running a reaction of 2.4g to 2.88g the amount of Li the seems to work the best and give a greater ratio of quality product to cmp is one full strip of Li per every 2.5 g of feedstock used. Noe there are a few other things to keep mind also when using the quantity I have listed. One is to make sure you allow your Li to become half to 3/4 bronze before adding the GUPS. Well I wanted to open this up for discussion from some of the other knowledgeable 🐝 on here because the quest for making a high quality product is on and the Li plays a huge factor on that. So please post any info gathered from studies done.