July 26th, 2018

Analyzing chemical content with a chemistry set

Is it possible for a normal person with some knowledge of chemistry to test the chemical composition of a small sample of liquid with a home chemistry set? If so, what kind of things would you normally see him doing to look all sciency/like he knows what he's doing?

When I searched, I found a little info explaining chemical composition, but nothing that explained it to this degree. And a ton of ads for companies that would analyze it for you. And expensive machines you could buy to do it. I would really like this to come off as very fly by the seat of your pants work that has to be done quickly.

The liquid will turn out to be embalming fluid, which means it will be a mixture of formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, methanol, dye, water conditioner, and water, in general. Any idea what kind of things he would be seen doing to come to this conclusion?

Takes place in America, 2018

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