How can we extract vinegar or acetic acid from coconut water?

Coconut has a lot of acetic acid . I tried to test it using sodium bicarbonate but it was of of no use.

1 Answer
Mar 27, 2017

Answer:

Coconut and coconut water contains no acetic acid, so you cannot extract it.....

Explanation:

Coconut water does not contain any acetic acid, so it is not possible to "extract" acetic acid from coconut water. Coconut water is 95% water, and around 2.5% of naturally occurring sugars. It can, however, be fermented to ultimately form "coconut vinegar", the total time required is about 6 weeks or so.

There is a number of websites in the public domain giving the procedure for doing this fermentation.

Please note that there is a very large difference between "acetic acid" and "vinegar". Vinegar is mainly water, and only contains around 4 - 5% of acetic acid.