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how do i make ethanol gel

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Bluenoise    10

Ummm I'm not quite sure what you mean by getting it to "gel".

For what purpose?

 

Well if you freeze it to -80C or colder it gets viscous like a gel. Otherwise you can add glycerol to it to thicken it quite a bit.

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bekithemba    10

i am in Zimbabwe, africa and here we have plenty of ethanol at a cheap price but people still use kerosene/paraffin for cooking. i need the ethanol to thicken so i am looking a suitable thickening agent

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YT2095    591

what do you need to thicken it for? and what percentage is the Alc?

 

I have good reasons for asking.

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Invader_Gir    10

If I remember correctly, you can create a sort of 'gel' by mixing the ethanol with a saturated solution of calcium acetate. Use about 1mL of the Ca(CH3COO)2 solution to 7mL of the ethanol

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YT2095    591
The Ethanol Is 95% Alcohol

 

in that case use Xanthan gum as the thickening agents, it`ll bind with the water AND the alc (it binds with oils too).

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Dean    10
i want to start making ethanol on a small scale and was wondering how to get it to gel.

 

HELLO,

I have already been in touch with different sites , however, am still having the problem of making the gel on the small scale for dometic use, using the much excess ethanol produce in uganda, the problem is finding the appropriate gelling (thickening).agent .

 

I look foward for your attention.

 

thank you.

Dean.

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janger    10

I have done this a couple of times, just for fun.

 

The first time I used crushed eggshell soaked in cleaning vinegar for a couple of weeks, filtered the solution and evaporated it to get the calcium acetate solution. Then I added that to ethanol until it gelled. I think the proportions Invader_Gir posted are correct. I just added enough to the alcohol until it turned into a gel. The second time I reacted pure calcium carbonate with the vinegar to make the acetate. Both times it worked well. And it burnt just as good as the commercial product. Although the eggshell method gave off a bit different smell due to impurities.

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solazo    10

i am actually interested in the production of ethanol for home use too but have not really been able to produce any due to the fact that i hear that a gelling agent is required to temper the volatility, i hear any cellulosic material could be used.

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Inahs    10

I would also like to know how to make ethanol gel. I have the ethanol, and I have lots of cacti, but I'm not sure how to get the cellulose out of the cacti. Some help/ advise would be greatly appreciated!! :confused:

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Using gel ethanol is one of the ways to reduce Green House Gas emissions. As the name suggests, it is ethanol in gel form. It is a project am working on currently.

To gel ethanol, one of several methods used is to mix the ethanol with abt 1% calcium acetate ( egg shell in vinegar).

hope it helps

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onyangojf    10

adding calcium acetate derived from egg shells may be fine for experimental projects, but if one has to go commercial a more reliable source is required. Can somenoe help?

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ashwani    10

which gelling agent is most effective in the case


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Many gelling agents such CMC , HEC and highly branched organic celluloses are available in market.you need not go for tedious process of breaking eggs!!!

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sarkodie    10


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how do i produce ethanol gelling agent from calcium carbonate and ethyl acetate

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