What is Tartaric Acid
The first known production of tartaric acid was from the residues of winemaking around 800 A.D. In 1769, a more modern production process based on fermentation was developed by Carl Wilhelm Scheele. For more information or access to high-quality tartaric acid from a trusted specialty and chemical distributor, contact Brenntag North America. The salt of tartaric acid — potassium bitartrate or cream of tartar — is a natural byproduct that’s formed during the winemaking process. When blended with sodium bicarbonate, it is used as a leavening agent — in the form of baking powder — in food preparation. Tartaric acid has the E number E334 and is used as an antioxidant in the food industry. Due to its palatable sour taste, it is also used as a flavoring agent.
- Synonyms: Dextrotartaric Acid, Dihydroxybutanedioic Acid, Dihydroxysuccinic Acid, E 334, L + Tartaric Acid, Tartaric Acid
- INCI: Tartaric acid
- Chemical formula: C4H6O6
- CAS # 87-69-4
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|Solubilities||Soluble in water|
|Boiling Point||354°F (178.9°C)|
|Molecular weight||150.1 g/mol|
|Class||8.3 lbs / gal|
|Grades||Acid, Acidulant, Dry Acid|
USES AND APPLICATIONS FOR TARTARIC ACID
Tartaric acid uses include Acidulant, Aluminum Coatings, Anti Ageing Creams & Lotions, Baby Wipes, Bengay Muscle Joint & Soreness, Candy & Confectionary, Conditioners, Cosmetics, Dough Conditioner, Electronics, Exfoliant Scrub, Facial Cleaner, Galvanizing, Grease, Hair Colorants, Hair Conditioner, Ice Cream, Moisturizing Cream Formulations, Muscle & Joint Soreness, Oil Field Service Chemicals, Shampoo, Textile, Vegetables, Wine.
- Food and Nutrition:Prizes tartaric acid as a well-known acidulant that has the ability to give food products a tart, sharp flavor. In addition, it acts as a preservative — plus, it can promote the setting of gelatin.
- Pharmaceutical Industry: It is a popular additive used to improve the flavors of various oral medications that are produced in effervescent tablet form. The acid’s derivative — tartar emetic — is employed as an expectorant in many cough syrups. In addition, the medical industry relies on tartaric acid when preparing solutions used to determine glucose — or blood sugar — levels. Plus, it is used in the production of Rochelle Salt — a known laxative.
- Textile and Dyeing: The tanning of leather goods, and the production of lacquers, as well as the fabrication of blue ink used in blueprints.
- Personal Care: Tartaric acid uses include anti-ageing creams & lotions, conditioners, cosmetics, facial cleaner, hair colorants and conditioner, moisturizing creams, and shampoo
Tartaric acid — formally known as dihydroxybutanedioic acid is a naturally occurring organic acid that’s found in a number of fruits and plants including bananas, grapes, citrus, and tamarinds.
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Tartaric acid is available in bags 25 kg or 55 lb quantities
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