Many sources say that baking soda acts as a "buffer" to prevent pH swings, but i just don't get it. It seems to me that baking soda is more just a "neutralizer" to acid. To try to raise TA i add baking soda, and the pH goes too high, so i add muriatic acid to bring the pH back down, but it also brings TA back down. Seems like a vicious cycle. Can anyone help me make sense of this? Thanks. PS: i took chemistry in school.