Wood vinegar and wood alcohol.

I've recently been doing research about how to make my own charcoal and I found that as a by-product that either wood vinegar or wood alcohol is made. One of the pages I found in looking for information was https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Wood-Gas-Wood-Alcohol/ and it led me to believe that what is produced i alcohol, but more research seemed to say it was actually wood vinegar that was produced. The problem is that Everything I've found is conflicting as to which it is that is produced. My understanding is that the two substances aren't the same, but that there is some methanol in wood vinegar. What I want to know is which it is that is produced, and if it's wood vinegar, can it be converted to wood alcohol, or burned as it is. 

Topic by MadcatTLX 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Baking soda/vinegar rocket

I recently made a baking soda/vinegar rocket and I wondered if I should post it.It uses 1/2 pipe and a bottle.I was wondering whether or not to post it.Please tell me what you think.

Topic by bylerfamily 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


What ingredients does champagne vinegar pair well with? Answered

I want to make a salad with champagne vinegar. I'm thinking citrus or basil-heavy flavors. Does champagne vinegar go well with these flavors? I'm curious to know before I buy the $$ bottle at Whole Foods. Thanks, everyone :)

Question by garnishrecipes 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Two chemistry related questions.?

I have three chemistry questions. 1) What is my result when I mix baking powder(NOT sodium bicarbonate)and vinegar? 2) What is the result when one burns steel wool? Is Iron Oxide my end result? 3) When mixing vinegar and baking soda if I were to keep the mixture under pressure would the water and co2 stay as carbonic acid or still decompose into h2o and co2?

Question by dla888 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


What is the ratio of baking soda to vinegar that produces the most gas? Answered

It be helpful if you gave me a measurment like cups or something.

Question by The Red Button 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


What is the best way to clean out a coffee maker? Answered

I recently bought a Coffee/expresso maker for my girlfriend from Goodwill for Christmas. It's super cool and professional looking but it's kinda dirty inside. Normally when I'd wanna clean something, I'd run like barsol or laquer-thinner through it because I love high powered solvents, but I also would prefer not to kill my girlfriend. Anyone know of anything I can run through a coffeemaker that isn't toxic but kills germs? They make coffee maker cleaner, but it doesn't seem like it'd kill germs. I was thinking vinegar.

Question by Funk_D 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


how to make red and white vinegar? Answered

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


HCl obtention from bleach and acetic acid (vinegar).

I have always been curious to know if it is possible to obtain hydrochloric acid (HCl) from chlorine-based bleach and acetic acid (vinegar). I found a lot of answers saying that it was impossible and dangerous because you wouldn't obtain HCl; instead, you would get chlorine gas, which is a very dangerous fume that can cost your life. However, I found an answer saying that it was possible to synthesize it, but not directly from bleach. First, you have to mix equal quantities of bleach and acetic acid to obtain hypochlorous acid (HClO) and then you have to add a transition metal oxide (iron oxide, copper oxide, etc.) to get HCl and oxygen gas.  Filled with curiosity and keeping in mind that safety is the priority, I decided to try it out by mixing equal portions of bleach (NaOCl) and acetic acid (C2H4O2), obtaining an aqueous solution of hypochlorous acid (HClO) and sodium acetate (C2H3NaO2).  NaClO + C2H4O2—> HClO + C2H3NaO2 Then, I added copper oxide (rusty pennies) since I know that copper by itself reacts very slowly with HCl, so I could leave it there until the copper oxide had completely reacted with the HClO (leaving clean pennies).  Little but numerous bubbles started to come out which I thought to be the oxygen gas leaving the hypochlorous acid. I waited there until there were no more bubbles coming out which meant that the reaction had finished. To prove that it was HCl, I decided to add Aluminium foil and see if it reacted accordingly. However, nothing happened, so I tried the whole process of mixing bleach and vinegar again but when I got to the part of adding the metal oxide, I did not add copper oxide. Instead, I left it outside in the sun to react since I know that ultraviolet radiation causes fast disproportionation, forming HCl and oxygen gas.   HClO —> HCl + O2 After all the bubbles had finished coming out, I added Aluminium foil to prove that it was HCl. However, noting happened, and again, I obtained the same product as the last time.  I immediately stated to think of possible products that I could have obtained and the reasons why my reaction hadn't worked properly. It was then when I remembered that in the very first reaction (the one of the vinegar and the bleach) I had obtained a side product that I had completely forgotten about; sodium acetate (C2H3NaO2). And I suspect that this side product could have affected the whole process.  And that is my question; was it really the sodium acetate that one that affected the experiment or could have it been something else?

Topic by Joseluismi 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Bouncing eggs!! What do you think?

Did you know that if you leave an egg in vinegar for a few days the vinegar will dissolve the shell of the egg and the egg can bounce!! Post your views on bouncing eggs!  Refer the video to see how to make it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrVuag3YCtQ  

Topic by sidgupta 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


film canister rocket?

i was thinking i could make a pvc pipe launcher that could fire those film canister vinegar and baking soda. you could put them in the barrel with the cap facing you and the body would fly out of the launcher. if you think this is a good instructable im happy to make it.

Question by roketfueldgoat 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How to make a bottle rocket car?

How can i make a bottle rocket car? I have limited materials to use on the project. The materials i can use are: - 5 straws - 1 regular size water bottle - 1 sheet of a paper towel roll - 4 wheels - baking soda - vinegar - hot glue (glue gun used to apply it) I thought up of a couple of designs and they all failed. Can anyone help?  

Question by julian258 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Refining Gold Using Vinegar (Acetic Acid)?

Though I've never refined gold, I've heard of gold refining using different acids. I've seen people use vinegar and salt to etch pcb boards. I'm wondering if anyone knows how to refine gold using vinegar so that I can remove it from ram sticks etc.

Question by mykiscool 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


How 2 build a simple model car wich runs on c02 produced by d reaction between vinegar n baking soda?bt there is a trick

Hi everyone!!..i hv tis competition cuming soon where we muz build a simple chemical car using cheap materials..d chemicals tad we muz use is 3 molar of 40 ml vinegar n 10 gram of baking soda...d car muz travel at least a distance 5 meters caryying a load of 100ml water ..bt d trick is,there muz NOT be  ANY spillage of water or sodium acetate which r also a by-product of d reaction otr ten co2...so any idea??all suggestions will be welcomed happily!!thx..=D

Question by artemis zoe 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Why has some of my pickled (canned) garlic gone blue-green? Answered

Fresh garlic was put in a clean jar, boiling malt-vinegar and sugar was poured over and the jar sealed. Some garlic turned blue-green and floated, some did not and sank. I don't understand this. It did the same a second time. L

Question by lemonie 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Can I use Vinegar to preserve a pig's heart in a Jar ?

I have a project and need to keep a pig's heart in a jar for a couple of months, I don't want use Formaldehyde. Would vinegar work ? 

Question by AIKATERINA 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Coming Soon

                                                                         Coming Soon!!!!! 1. Rubber band Band Ball 2. How to do graffiti 3. Vinegar and Baking Soda Bomb                                                                    From MrBobby

Topic by MrBobby 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Why do my feet sometimes smell like malt vinegar? Answered

It's not every day or with all shoes, or only after eating cod at the pub...

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Is there a relatively safe alternative to vinegar and baking soda for chemical reaction volcanoes? Answered

My brother is working on a paper mache volcano experiment for school, and I figured that the instructables community has come up with something a little more creative than just vinegar and baking soda. When I say relatively safe I mean something that doesn't emit poisonous gasses or toxic waste.  Thanks for any help. Update: I'm not worried about the safety of vinegar and baking soda, I added a safety request because I was almost very stupid mixing chemicals without checking about results. I almost created a gas used to exterminate people. There is no need to lecture me on how stupid this was, I already know.

Question by travisttt 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Unable to add my "Black Olive Bites" to Oil and Vinegar contest

Hi, I am unable to include my entry  "Black Olive Bites" for the "Oil and Vinegar Contest". Please help. Thanks! https://www.instructables.com/id/Black-Olive-Bites/ Regards, Sabina.

Question by sabina delpinoh 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


fabric & freezer paper?

Does this also work with Terrycloth? And is vinegar the best way to make it color safe? Thanks

Question by Success24 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


nickel plating question

Hi. There is instruction on this address https://www.instructables.com/id/High-Quality-and-safe-Nickel-Plating/ how to make high quality and safe nickel plating,and i have some question about that. When he showed to add salt to the vinegar in order to make the vinegar  more conductive,isnt the salt become Na and Cl ions? Will the Na positive ion stick to the negative nickel plate?(while making the nickel solution-step 3)? Will the Na positive ions stick to the item that we are plating besides the nickel( in the plating process-step 5)? will it spoil the object that we are plating with nickel? I see in the supermarket vinegar which said"synthetic vinegar" 5% acetic acid,water.(for food).Is it ok? when he said(step 4)"You can further clean your object by reverse electroplating (ie "electrocleaning") it for a few seconds.  Hook your object up to a negative voltage, a WIRE to the positive voltage, and drop them both in a vinegar salt solution for 10-30 seconds.  This will remove any left over oxidation" What wire did he mean? and the last one:how pure is the nickel should be?because i notice that most of the nickel sheet are about 99%-99.7% purity.is it ok? can i use pure nickel strip(97% pure nickel)that is used for battery welding? Thanks in advance.  

Topic by xchcui 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


High quality and safe nickel plating question? Answered

Hi. There is instruction on this address https://www.instructables.com/id/High-Quality-and-safe-Nickel-Plating/ how to make high quality and safe nickel plating,and i have some question about that. When he showed to add salt to the vinegar in order to make the vinegar  more conductive,isnt the salt become Na and Cl ions? Will the Na positive ion stick to the negative nickel plate?(while making the nickel solution-step 3)? Will the Na positive ions stick to the item that we are plating besides the nickel( in the plating process-step 5)? will it spoil the object that we are plating with nickel? I see in the supermarket vinegar which said"synthetic vinegar" 5% acetic acid,water.(for food).Is it ok? when he said(step 4)"You can further clean your object by reverse electroplating (ie "electrocleaning") it for a few seconds.  Hook your object up to a negative voltage, a WIRE to the positive voltage, and drop them both in a vinegar salt solution for 10-30 seconds.  This will remove any left over oxidation" What wire did he mean? and the last one:how pure is the nickel should be?because i notice that most of the nickel sheet are about 99%-99.7% purity.is it ok? can i use pure nickel strip(97% pure nickel)that is used for battery welding? Thanks in advance.

Question by xchcui 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


is the homemade plastic harmful to the environment?if yes! why? how?if no! why not?

Is the homemade plastic(made up of milk and vinegar) harmful to the environment?if yes! why? how?if no! why not?

Question by candia 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


how to make flux, there are instructables how to do that, but i can't find ethyl alcohol?

option, 1. vinegar 2. sodium bleach that all that i can get,

Question by hore 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


what is a very basic home made wine recipe for a beginner?

This is just for personal consumption.  we tried making some and it seems to be just vinegar!  Yuck!!!

Question by daquilajmd 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Alkaline

After dipping paper in vinegar which I needed to do for an art project, I would now like to prevent it from deteriorating. How can I neutralize the paper so it lasts,

Topic by Yankazoo 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Which chemical have I made? Answered

After my experiment which turned out to be lead oxide, I did something else. I bought a lump of Calcite, and found out it dissolves in acid. Therefore, I couldn't resist breaking off some lumps and putting those in vinegar. For at least a week, there was no significant change in the container, but after another week, all of the vinegar was gone, and no sign of the calcite lumps either. only a white and a pink residue. What I want to know is, is this Calcium? Or something else?

Question by necropolian 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Elmers Glue + Super glue =?????

I was making some stamp glue where i mixed some Elmer glue and vinegar. but wanted to see Wat happens when i mix Elmer's glue, vinegar, and super glue. like in 10 seconds the solution turned into a rubbery solid which took the form of the container. can any body tell me why this happened. it held its shape and slightly reminded me of molding silicone. it wasn't sticky and came out of the plastic cup easily.

Topic by chrischavez 10 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


how to make gas or smoke come out of a volcano for a school project. ?

I already have the vinegar and baking powder effect for the foaming.  No fire please since this is for a school project.

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Does anyone know how to clean hard water stains and calcium from stucco?

I've saturated it in white vinegar as well as CLR with no success. Thanks.

Question by cfidura 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Chemistry Questions: What do you get from combining salt, white vinegar and cupric oxide? And what can be done with it? Answered

In my enameling work, I sometimes use a mild homemade pickling solution to remove firescale (cupric oxide) from copper. The pickle is a saturated solution of white vinegar and kosher salt, kept hot in a Crock Pot. After heating the copper pieces in a kiln, a layer of cupric oxide forms on the surface, which is then dissolved in the salt/vinegar solution. After a while, the solution turns a lovely blue color from the dissolved copper. If I forget to put the lid on the pot, eventually the solution evaporates, leaving pretty blue crystals that look a bit like copper sulfate. So, what have I got here? I don't want to just dump it due to the copper content. I'd like to figure out something to do with it, but first I need to know what it is. I'm thinking it might make a good electroplating solution, but that's just a guess.

Question by RavingMadStudios 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


While doing electrolysis on some pennies, (Pence?) I noticed a copper coating on my + copper lead?

Is there something special about this? Also, Is this a form of electroplating? I doused some pennies in vinegar for about a week+ and tried this. On a thinner, magnet wire lead, (copper +) it had what I beleive is a dark green copper salt, that burned blue. Can anyone Identify this? Also, I changed the diameter of the lead, to about 1/16 - 1/8 (Copper lead, +) and It seemed like that lead was powder coated with copper. Is there a reason it would not be a copper salt? The other was coated with what I think is Zinc.

Question by PKTraceur 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Airsoft grenades that dont used explosives, Vinegar or baking soda, or balloons filled with water and bbs?

Sorry about the pickiness of the nade but i dont have access to that stuff and Balloons just dont work ( unless if u can find a good idea of how to use balloon nades).

Question by Matt21497 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Electroplating chemical mishap

I figured it would be cool to quickly electroplate some stuff. Since I was lazy, I only used what I had on hand [block of zinc, vinegar, muriatic (hydrochloric) acid)]. The zinc ingot was taking too long to dissolve in the vinegar, so I added about 30 mL of hydrochloric acid. A couple hours later, I was electroplating fine. After two weeks of normal zinc chloride electroplating, the acid suddenly took on a nasty dull brown/yellow amber shade and a ton of white bubbles formed around the zinc (still in the acid). Can anyone tell me what happened?

Question by Brekenridge 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How can I get baked on, brown stain off from a smooth "stainless" steel cooktop surface?

Stainless steel cooktop. I've tried vinegar, soap and water, and even a cleaning cream called "Cook Top".

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


NIckel Acetate Creation from Nickel II Oxide for Nickel Plating

Chemistry question here.  I wanted to play around with some nickel plating, and I started to follow a popular recipe that I saw on YouTube.  It started with Nickel II Oxide, placed in a malt vinegar for a week to create a solution of Nickel Acetate that you could then use as a bath to plate things with Nickel.  I purchased 100 grams of 99% grade Nickel II Oxide, and let it sit in 2L of vinegar for a long time.  After 2 weeks there's no hint of the emerald green Nickel Acetate.  So I purchased some glacial Acetic Acid, and added it to a liter of distilled water to make a 50% weight solution of Acetic Acid to make a stronger solution, and still a week later nothing green.  Solution is in a clean glass vessel.  A local chemist at work said it would be slow, but man, this is taking forever.  What am I doing wrong, or what could I do different? I know Ni Acetate can be achieved with pure nickel and electricity in vinegar, but I really want to try to convert the nickel oxide. 

Topic by monteypython 5 years ago


White stuff on my dishes. Not responding to anything yet. What is it?

The picture shows what I am talking about.  So far we have tried more heat, less heat, adding TSP to the detergent, cleaning out the dishwasher with one of those put it in by itself and run cleaning agents, turning on heated dry,, running with vinegar and detergent, running with vinegar instead of detergent, and using jetdry.  None of these things worked in any combination we have tried. The substance is dry and slightly slick if I rub it between my fingers. It is not calcium deposits, or if it is, they are mixed with something else. Other than that I don't know what it is.  It tends to stick to everything but less so to glass and moreso to plastic. Any ideas would be appreciated.

Question by finfan7 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


soduim acetate

Could someone please help me and my son? we are doing the hot ice for his school science fair project..I'm unsure how long to boil the baking soda & vinegar...what color should it be? after we filtered it it was clear again...is this right? Please please help...this is our last weekend to try!!

Topic by Christina-Mami 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Yeast fermentation for composting solution?

I threw some hay off my lawn and some green weecds into a garbage can, some sugar and yeast and formented it to slug beer but the slugs did not like it. It then fermented further to vinegar, and a crust of green "Mold?" covered it. seems to have protected the vinegar from further fermentation. I tried a second bigger batch ( morning glory weeds) with less sugar but after a few days of good fermenting it went rotten and stinky. So there are probably thresholds for sugar content. Would the yeast be a way of adding fertilizer to organic gardens? Yeast can (I think) convert urea and nitrate to protein. Perhaps some green stuff has enough sugar to work without sugar addition. vine prunings? maybe. The first batch, i put bleach in to kill off microbes before I added water and yeast. Perhaps hydrated lime would work instead of bleach and also get the ph good for yeast fermentation. This might be a cheap way of liming your garden. (Here in victoria, hydrated type s lime is cheaper than limestone for garden addition. (But it contains more calcium!) The "yeast tea" or vinegar tea could be used on the garden and the weeds could then be transfered to normal compost or used as mulch. It might be an alternative way of using diseased materials of composting seedy weeds to kill the seeds. Brian

Topic by gaiatechnician 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


which chemical to deactivate microchips? Answered

Hi, I'm making a cryptex, such a thing like in the Da Vinci Code, and I'm going to make an Instructable of it later. But I'm going to hold USB-sticks in it instead of a piece of paper. That's a little more modern nowadays people lose a lot of usb sticks with secret important information so I'll use a cryptex for it. The crpytex like it was invented by Da Vinci contained a paper, which was rolled around a tube with vinegar in it. If someone decided to just smash the cryptex, the tube breaks and the vinegar would destroy the ink on the paper, making it unreadable. I don't think that works good in real but I don't think it will deactivate a usb stick either. So I want something else in the tube that DOES eat the chip. So I'll remove the outside wrapping of the USB-stick. What fluid can I use?

Question by merijnvw 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


I am confused about making iron oxide?

Vinegar + Bleach + Iron = Iron Oxide? Bleach + Iron = Iron Oxide? Vinegar + Iron = Iron Oxide? 12 volt energy + Iron = Iron Oxide? 12 volt Energy + Salt + Iron = Iron Oxide? Hydrogen peroxide + 12 volt Energy + Iron = Iron Oxide? Can someone clear me out?    I am trying to make thermite but I have heard that you can make iron oxide using just bleach, however, there have been claims that bleach can actully acumule impurities which makes iron oxide impure which means that thermite will not have the same "performance".    I found a 12 volt supply in my house and i put a steel inside of a glass, i put the negative and positive but i found no evidences of iron oxide.    The only thing i accomplish was the glass full of green stuff in it.

Question by Peter5465 6 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Using Aluminium Cans for A ram Jet Engine Barrel,

If you soaked aluminum from a soda-pop can in vinegar or other acid to remove the paint, would it be possible to smith the metal using a small hammer into a barrel for a small jet engine, The engine I plan will produce thrust and use Butane,

Topic by Steamdnt 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Bacon Jalapeno Poppers, Lady Gaga Hairdo, DIY Diamond Ring

Bacon Jalapeno Poppers Lady Gaga Hairdo DIY Diamond Ring Amazing Tesla CD Turbine Yip Yip Costume Glowing Birdcage Necklace 5 Vinegar Secrets Cloth-Covered Cables English Breakfast Pizza LED Plant Growth Light Wooden Puzzle Cube RFID Projects DIY Barbecue Vodka Infused Gummis Low Carb Pizza

Topic by randofo 8 years ago


Safe DIY PCB etchant

Hello out there, I was wondering if anyone knew a safe, homemade PCB etchant other than the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide method. That produces copper (II) acetate and I don't have any use for it other than copper plating, and I suck at electroplating anyways. I would like to find a safe, homemade copper etchant that is easily disposed or can be reused for something.  Thanks, Sam.

Question by DELETED_JesusGeek 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Would like to create controlled rust art.

I want to get a piece of sheet metal. Then create a stencil and rust the remaining piece of metal. To create an image out of the rust. Once the work is done I don't want the rust to spread but to remain as is. Any idea how to do this. I know you can rust metal using chlorine and vinegar but the idea of making chlorine gas and a toxic mess is not appealling. Thanks for your help.?

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Explosions!

I am looking for ideas for an explosion for water bottles or soda bottles.I am not looking for: coke and mentoes sugarcubes and vault vinegar and baking soda My version of an exploding bottle is chucking one up in the air an watching it blow up when it hits the ground. Please post some Ideas!(or if you happen to come across a way to invent a watter bottle cannon, that shoots full water bottles...POST IT!!!!) i can also give you help on all of your explosion needs. or you can email me at sockerpro@gmail.com

Topic by awsome 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Dog arthritis

A TABLE SPOON OF WHITE VINEGAR + A TABLE SPOON OF APPLE CIDAR OVER THEIR MEAL ONCE A DAY. It's worked on German Shepherds + Rottweilers and thru personal experience it worked on my Bull Terrier. My Bully would rip around the beach for a few hours having a ball, then she couldn't move for 2 or 3 days without pain. Try it, it worked for my 2 year old Bully and she was moving ok and pain free for her next 11 years. CHEAP and hopefully it will work for you. Cats and other animals i don't know.  

Topic by fat cat 9 years ago


What should I do with this beef heart? (cooking-wise, that is :) Answered

Got a frozen beef heart at the Food Bank (times are kinda tough here in Gorframville (just like everwhere else..)), and I'm not sure how best to cook it. A slow roast to keep it tender? Sear & grill to seal the juices? Broil with salt, pepper, and a dash of balsamic vinegar; or stew up with half the contents of the pantry? I've never cooked (and only rarely eaten) beef heart before, so I'm kind of nervous about it. Any help or suggestions?

Question by Gorfram 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Making an air well

I was thinking about another fun project that draws water out of the air with just the sun's energy. I noticed the empty open vinegar bottle I washed and set to dry on my window sill accumulate more moisture every day. It was pooling water in the bottom after a week. The bottle shape is like a ball with a long spout. I read a little about air wells on the web, but they are very large structures. It would be fun to build a small one that would make a few glasses of water a day. Comments?Here's one link Air Wells & Dew Ponds

Topic by robbtoberfest 12 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago