# lye and sugar

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What do you get when you react lye (sodium hyroxide) solution with sugar? I have tried it with aluminium and got hydrogen gas which I filled balloons with and I was wondering what you get with sugar.

:-)It amazes me how much fun you can get from household products:D

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I don't think anything really happens. Apparently the closest I could find was lye, sugar, and KMnO4 which forms a solution that slowly changes in color.

Concentrated sulfuric acid and sugar is a good one.

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it makes sodium sucrate.

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it makes sodium sucrate.

This surprises me. I was under the impression that sugar wasn't noticeably acidic in water. I can't find any information on this, could you point me towards some?

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its been a while since I experimented with these sugar salts, but Ill try look up some of the old sources when I get a little more time, meanwhile google for Sucrates and Saccharates.

it also works well with Calcium metal, and I also made a Barium version too, I`ll post a pic later.

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Google is turning up a bunch of definitions, all saying a sucrate is a compound of sugar...never thought google could be that useless

Thanks!

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• 3 months later...

Lye & Sugar when heated together are a source of Carbon Monoxide.

You can check wikipedia under Carbon Monoxide

Not recommended unless you REALLY WANT Carbon Monoxide.

ANYWAY hydrogen is so fun why would you want something else.

Also if you get the Lye solution in an eye the damage is permanent.

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