Here’s how to perform the test:
1) Measure the temperature of the Biodiesel and Methanol and ensure that they are both between 68° F to 72° F.
Temperature is extremely important in this test. If either the Biodiesel or Methanol isn’t the correct temperature, heat or cool them until they are.
2) Add 27 mL of Methanol to the test vial
3) Add 3 mL of Biodiesel to the test vial
4) Close the vial & lightly shake it
5) Let it sit for 5-10 minutes
6) Tip the vial at a 45 degree angle for 10-15 seconds
7) Look for any fall out in the bottom of the vial
If fall out is detected, it indicates that some of the oil didn’t fully react into Biodiesel.
If no fall out is seen, then the reaction went well.
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If the Biodiesel passes this test, there’s a high likelihood that it will pass the ASTM Total Glycerin Test (ASTM D6584). Click Here to learn more about why this test is so accurate and how it measures the conversion.