Making Calcium Acetate (from eggshells) | Summary and Q&A

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April 2, 2016
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Making Calcium Acetate (from eggshells)

TL;DR

Learn how to create calcium acetate from eggshells and vinegar, which can be used to make acetone and flammable jelly.

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Key Insights

  • ❓ Calcium acetate can be easily made by mixing calcium carbonate with vinegar.
  • đŸĢĸ The reaction between calcium carbonate and acetic acid produces calcium acetate, water, and carbon dioxide gas.
  • đŸ’Ļ Filtering the solution removes excess calcium carbonate, while boiling removes water to obtain calcium acetate paste.
  • ℹī¸ Other sources of calcium carbonate, like limestone or seashells, can be used instead of eggshells.
  • 😒 The use of 5% vinegar instead of 10% vinegar will require boiling away more water.
  • 😒 Impurities in the calcium acetate, such as yellow color from eggs, do not affect its use for making acetone or flammable jelly.
  • 🍂 Tums cannot be used as a calcium carbonate source due to the presence of sucrose.
  • 🙂 The process may result in a slightly off-colored calcium acetate solution, but this does not impact its usability.

Transcript

hey guys so we're finally getting around to making the calcium acetate that I've been promising for a while now the calcium acetate that we make here is going to be used to make acetone and it's also going to be used to make flammable jelly to make the calcium acetate it's actually really simple and all we need to do is mix some form of calcium car... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: What is the purpose of creating calcium acetate?

Calcium acetate can be used to produce acetone and flammable jelly.

Q: Can other sources of calcium carbonate be used instead of eggshells?

Yes, other sources like limestone or seashells can be used to create calcium acetate.

Q: Will using a 5% vinegar solution instead of 10% affect the process?

Using a 5% vinegar solution will work, but more water will need to be boiled away during the process.

Q: Is it necessary to remove impurities from the calcium acetate?

The presence of impurities, such as yellow color from the eggs, does not significantly affect the use of calcium acetate for making acetone or flammable jelly.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Calcium acetate is easily made by mixing calcium carbonate (found in eggshells) with vinegar.

  • The reaction between calcium carbonate and acetic acid produces calcium acetate, water, and carbon dioxide gas.

  • The solution is filtered to remove excess calcium carbonate, then boiled to remove water and obtain calcium acetate in paste form.

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