- Honey + Water + Yeast = Mead
- Mead + Acetobacter = Vinegar
- Vinegar + Chalk = Calcium Acetate
- Dry distilling Calcium Acetate = Acetone
- My original vinegar was made from mead, and thus contained a variety of compounds beyond simple acetic acid. I distilled it, and got a very clear product.
- It takes a surprisingly large amount of chalk to slake a relatively small amount of vinegar.
- The drying step is by far the longest part. I used a glass pie pan in a 200ºF oven. It took hours.
- Add chalk to vinegar until fizzing stops
- Add 10% more chalk than you have already added
- Add 100% more water by volume
- Filter the mixture to remove undissolved chalk, leaving a calcium acetate solution
- Place solution in a shallow bowl and apply gentle heat. (Over 160ºC would break down the acetate)
- Collect the calcium acetate
- Dry distill the calcium acetate producing acetone.
- The calcium acetate came out a little dusky rather than totally white.
- The distilled acetone came out light brown, but smell and application to styrofoam confirm acetone was present
- Much of the solid remained unchanged
Acetone is a List II Substance