More tea please.

Reactions in the kitchen lab

What happens when you realise you have all the required components to do some fun chemistry? This happens:

That’s sulphuric acid added to sugar. Warning: If you do this, do it in a well ventilated area… Sorry, I didn’t really think about lighting when taking the video! Also, my camera battery went flat, which is why there’s a rather sudden ending.

Here’s the result in a higher resolution for closer analysis:

Sulphuric acid and sugar

The rod of carbon didn’t noticeably grow any more after the photo. I measured the mug at 80 °C just after the photo.

Posted at 11:15 pm on Tuesday 28th July 2009

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