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    I'm reading through the Mid Bucks Mod 2 notes (on holiday). P.28, constituents of beeswax, it says acidity is 20. I don't know what that means. Can somebody help, please? Does it refer to pH values? But I thought 20 is off that scale. (Apologies about my ignorance.)
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    Kitta - i've never come across a description of acidity with a number 20. This is not pH. but - no idea to what it refers. Can you tell us what else is on p28?

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    According to Yates the ph of honey is 3.9 with a range of 3.42 to 6.10

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    Thank you, FD and Simon. I'm glad I'm not the only one who does not understand that number.

    It is in reply to Q.2.13 about the constituents of wax - for example, solubility, RD, melting temperature and so on. Opposites 'acidity' it says '20' - that's all. They might have made a mistake!

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    Sorry I misread your original post I will check the Yates book when I get him for wax

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    Thanks Simon, I guess I made the same mistake - I did not notice you referred to honey!

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    I just checked the Yates book again and can't find any reference to the acidity of wax I can transcribe what it does say if you like
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    Ron Brown talks about an acidity number of 20 in relation to beeswax which is derived from the milligrams of potassium hydroxide required to neutralise the free fatty acids

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    Thanks for all the research, Simon. Now we have an explanation. I think I sort of understand it ...
    Kitta
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    Hi Kitta do you want me to post the yates stuff

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