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    Hi there,

    I have a halloween party and I'm going to be tron. I had read that if you use quinine powder(not even very much just a dab) that it will allow your drink to glow under UV light.
    I bought some quinine powder on ebay from a brasil quinine manufacture and it does not seem to glow at all, it also is a brown powder. When i've seen videos of people using quinine their powder under UV is glowing. Mine pretty much doesn't glow at all...

    i'm just wondering if there is something im doing wrong or if there are different types of quinine powder you can buy? I read something about quinine sulfphate as well but it sounds like quinine powder should glow since other articles state that quinine powder is what you need, not sure if quinine sulphate is the same thing..(not really chemistry savy).

    I also had bought UV LED's which supposedly still work, I got as close to the UV bulb light spectrum wavelength as possible which a UV bulb supposedly is 368nm and the LED's i have are 380nm. They seem to make white clothes glow pretty nicely so I don't see why the quinine powder wouldnt glow? I haven't tried putting the LED's under some tonic water yet which is supposed to glow a bit under UV as well. I wanted powder because I don't like carbonated beverages and wanted to just mix my quinine powder with my vodka lime water drinks on halloween.

    any help would be appreciated.

    Also the quinine powder doesn't seem to mix with water very well, a lot of it sits at the top and you see tons of brown specs all throughout the water.


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    Quote Originally Posted by phi0x View Post
    Hi there,

    I have a halloween party and I'm going to be tron. I had read that if you use quinine powder(not even very much just a dab) that it will allow your drink to glow under UV light.
    I bought some quinine powder on ebay from a brasil quinine manufacture and it does not seem to glow at all, it also is a brown powder. When i've seen videos of people using quinine their powder under UV is glowing. Mine pretty much doesn't glow at all...

    i'm just wondering if there is something im doing wrong or if there are different types of quinine powder you can buy? I read something about quinine sulfphate as well but it sounds like quinine powder should glow since other articles state that quinine powder is what you need, not sure if quinine sulphate is the same thing..(not really chemistry savy).

    I also had bought UV LED's which supposedly still work, I got as close to the UV bulb light spectrum wavelength as possible which a UV bulb supposedly is 368nm and the LED's i have are 380nm. They seem to make white clothes glow pretty nicely so I don't see why the quinine powder wouldnt glow? I haven't tried putting the LED's under some tonic water yet which is supposed to glow a bit under UV as well. I wanted powder because I don't like carbonated beverages and wanted to just mix my quinine powder with my vodka lime water drinks on halloween.

    any help would be appreciated.

    Also the quinine powder doesn't seem to mix with water very well, a lot of it sits at the top and you see tons of brown specs all throughout the water.
    I've never had dry powder to work with, so I don't know if it's supposed to fluoresce. But tonic water fluoresces beautifully under UV excitation. In fact, even the UV content in sunlight will stimulate a visible fluorescence in tonic water.

    Do the solutions you've made with water fluoresce? If not, you were not shipped quinine/ground cinchona bark.

    And are you aware just how bitter quinine is? Sure, you'll make the drinks glow, but they'll taste unpleasant.

    If you're determined to go this route, just add a little tonic water. You'll get the job done that way.


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    I also tried my original black light bulb from the 80's that i found and the quinine powder had no glow to it whatsoever. Im not sure if i should buy another quinine powder brand or just stick with the tonic water... the youtubes that use the powder glow so much brighter due to having a bit more quinine in their drinks compared to the amount in the tonic water.

    I have still not tried tonic water but I will grab some and test it out.

    also here is the quinine from ebay I bought:
    http://www.ebay.ca/itm/320548603595#ht_1498wt_1163

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    notice it says 'tea' powder now in the title, not sure if that makes a difference?

    i took a picture of the bottle and then took a picture of a white piece of paper, both using my LED UV light. as you can see the bottle itself glows since it's white and the powder doesnt seem to glow at all compared to what I thought it would. Then I took a picture of a piece of paper to show how bright the UV light works.
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    Maybe it absorbed too much water to fluoresce much.
    It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.
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    I contacted the seller, they state the following:
    "That's why this is called Brazilian Quinine (quina amarela = yellow quinine) because it has the same phytotherapeutic properties but it does not glow in the dark.
    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
    Thank you for your reply"

    so I need to buy the real deal..does anyone know what brand is the real deal? I see you can buy quinine tablets, I could just grind those up very finely and use a little of those into the drinks since it apparently doesn't take very much to get the affect and is still safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phi0x View Post
    I contacted the seller, they state the following:
    "That's why this is called Brazilian Quinine (quina amarela = yellow quinine) because it has the same phytotherapeutic properties but it does not glow in the dark.
    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
    Thank you for your reply"

    so I need to buy the real deal..does anyone know what brand is the real deal? I see you can buy quinine tablets, I could just grind those up very finely and use a little of those into the drinks since it apparently doesn't take very much to get the affect and is still safe.

    I've never needed to buy cinchona bark/quinine, so I can't help you there. However, you could always get it from tonic water through evaporation. There's not much in a litre of consumer tonic water, but then again, you don't need that much.
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    No matter how much Qunine you drink you will notglow in UV light . get some vasoline and mix ia UV active phosphor in it and go grease yourself.
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