Making Glacial Acetic Acid Part 1

Part 2: See how the Science Hideout lab makes their acedic acid out of four redily available chemicals- Sodium bicarbonate, sodium bisulfate, sodium acetate (which is also produced in this movie), and vinegar.

Acetic Acid is one of the weaker acids. Its formula is CH3COOH. Watch this video to learn everything you would ever want to know about acetic acid.

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34 Responses to Making Glacial Acetic Acid Part 1

  1. kaedeb mc says:

    Meth at 3:26

  2. hustal69 says:

    are you joking that this acid will dissolve sodium metal? it will produce solvated electrons???

  3. testosteron4sale says:

    only nitric acid can dissolve coper

  4. diegonikki says:

    why does it turn yellow when i did this with the vinegar i used i got a clear syrupy solution that when at room temperature turns solid when touched then when further heated makes a white puffy material

  5. Mycotheologist says:

    I’m such an idiot, I’ve been making sodium acetate by adding a few drops of phenolphthalein to the vinegar then adding solid NaOH, with stirring, until the solution turns pink. I shoulda just used NaHCO3 cuz I wouldn’t have even needed a pH indicator.

  6. Deoxyribonucleon says:

    40% HBr is insanely acidic in comparison though so that was a bad example.

  7. Deoxyribonucleon says:

    yeah I’ve learned never to underestimate time when it comes to reactions. I got a splash of 40% hydrobromic acid on my fume hood window one day but since the window was made of perspex, I assumed it wouldn’t be a problem so I got lazy and didn’t bother to clean it off. A couple of weeks later I noticed it ate a hole in the perspex and turned it brown.

  8. abzsskola says:

    Give it enough time, and I still think it would dissolve iron. It woulden’t be as dramatic as any of the stronger acids though.

  9. ScienceHideout says:

    Acetic acid is weak… it will only mildly corrode iron. To get it to react, they most likely add a catalyst. They might break the metal into small fragments/filings and use an acid/peroxide or acid/alcohol mixture.

  10. abzsskola says:

    Why not? Iron is below hydrogen in the reactivity series.

    And just for the heck of it: “Iron(II) acetate is manufactured from scrap iron and acetic acid…”//Wikipedia

  11. aratisbug says:

    It came out “sort of yellowish” because vinegar is an organic compound, not just 3% VbM acetic acid. the white sodium acetate is what you bought at the supply store.

  12. mcwario13 says:


  13. paperjack93 says:

    What if you don’t have a microwave

  14. REDBMW325E says:

    @6:00 he says he has his little clit on. hahahahahaha

  15. ScienceHideout says:

    Absolutely not… You need phosphoric acid or nitric acid.

  16. slovan says:

    Let say iron for example.

  17. ScienceHideout says:

    It depends what type… I would imagine metals like zinc, magnesium, sodium, etc will dissolve easily, but copper, gold, platinum won’t.

  18. slovan says:

    Will this acid dissolve metal?

  19. ScienceHideout says:

    lol…. it’s actually called a watch glass… Thanks! I love you too!

  20. thegodofchemistry says:

    are you gonna do a new video soon im realy want you to do a new video check out my channel

  21. ScienceHideout says:

    At the time- 12. Now- 14

  22. thegodofchemistry says:

    how old are you

  23. kidrock202 says:

    wow you must be so cool in school

  24. wb5rue says:

    Great video! However you should clear your work area. I see several disasters waiting to happen.

  25. sophier24 says:

    Should you not be wearing nitrile gloves when using the glacial acetic acid?

  26. andrewwyatt11 says:

    First I want to say, this is downright impressive. I have studied chemicals on a college level; yet it seems you have surpassed my knowledge of chemistry. I tip my hat to you sir, keep up the good work. Now I also want to say at first I was thinking this kid is just mixing up chemicals in a hideout he made. When you pulled the chemical structures and then referred to the strength in moles and glacial acidic acid, that’s when I said damn this kid is smarter than me a college level individual!

  27. DoktorKlawonn says:

    You’ve propably seen myst32YT’s video on making glacial acetic acid from sodium acetate and sodium bisulfate. I guess that’s the procedure you intended to do in one of your earlier videos.

  28. ScienceHideout says:

    Thanks for all these comments! I didn’t expect to get 6 overnight! I’ll keep making them as long as you keep watching them! And @Grundalizer, lol.
    Today’s episode:
    Nitric Acid!

  29. megamarko94 says:

    5:09 if you broke that you see methyl group ch3….
    keep up doing videos…

  30. pyroguy1030 says:

    Wow ! Great video man!

  31. Grundalizer says:

    dude warp your voice like nurd rage please

  32. plante1999 says:

    i dont think that , ad NaHCO3 TO vinegar heat to dry , ad NaHSO4 dry distill and it is ok , ive make 100ml of pure glacial acetic with this way , i will pm you on Sience Madness for apparatus that ive used.

  33. ScienceHideout says:

    I have HF, aswell as calcium gluconate, but I don’t like it. I might do a video on it, though.

    BTW, Synthesis of CH3COOH is very hard.

  34. plante1999 says:

    nice video ! but i think you should do synthesis… an idee that i have for chemical is Hydrofluoric acid (specific aspect about H3O ion) and low acidity but i dont know if you can get your hand on this….

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