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Jan 31, 2017

Use a pH meter, or if not available, then universal indicator.


You will first need to dissolve the substance in water, as acidity relates to concentration of dissociated hydrogen ions in the form of hydroxonium #H_3O^+#.

Having done that, testing with a pH metre will allow you to determine whether the product is acidic. pH values below 7 are acidic.

If you have no pH meter, test the solution with universal indicator paper. Orange or red denote acidity (whilst blue and violet denote alkalinity, and green indicates "neutral").

A "sour taste" is found with some, but not all acids, and it depends to an extent on concentration, so beware of using this as a test.