Practical Calcination

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Practical Calcination

Post  deviadah on Wed Aug 06, 2008 7:49 am

I call this thread Practical Calcination so there won't be confusion with this thread: Spiritual Calcination

In short it involves heating a substance until it is reduced to ashes. The alchemists create sulfuric acid from a naturally occurring substance called Vitriol. Sulfuric acid reacts with all metals except gold and is a corrosive acid that does great damage to the skin if you might spill some. So be careful!
Vitriol was widely considered the most important alchemical substance, intended to be used as a philosopher's stone. Highly purified vitriol was used as a medium for reacting other substances. This was largely because the acid does not react with gold, production of which was often the final goal of alchemical processes. The importance of vitriol to alchemy is highlighted in the alchemical motto, Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem which is a backronym meaning ('Visit the interior of the earth and rectifying (i.e. purifying) you will find the hidden/secret stone'), found in L'Azoth des Philosophes by the 15th Century alchemist Basilius Valentinus. - from History of Sulfuric Acid


I really am leaving the page blank here hoping those on these forums more skilled in this field than I to post something about this subject!

Looking forward to it...

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