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    Hi, I'm new to the science forum. I guess I'd consider myself an adolecent scientist. Still learning about the world of science and all of its wonders. I stumbled across the forum looking for a way to make acetic acid. I know that vinegar is usually 5% acetic acid, but can I make it.


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    Welcome to the forum. To answer your question, not easily and not without access to a chemistry lab. The main industrial route to make acetic acid involves the reaction of methanol with carbon monoxide (using hydrogen iodide as a catalyst), other routes involve the oxidation of ethene, ethanol or acetaldehyde but none not these are "kitchen sink chemistry" methods. Your best bet (if you can't buy it) is to distill your vinegar...


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    Thank you, very helpful. I'm guessing in the distillation process the vinegar separates form the water that has a higher boiling point.
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    Acetic acid has a higher boiling point than water (IIRC about 120 C) so the water will evaporate off leaving the acetic acid behind.
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