I have been trying a few different ways to handle the electrolysis of Potassium Nitrate to determine the safest and easiest way I can make nitric acid and potassium hydroxide. In the last experiment I tried, I used new platinized titanium electrodes for both the anode and cathode. Turns out that the source I bought these electrodes from was not reliable and they were fake. The side that was supposed to make nitric acid (I believe it is the anode but I always mix up the names) reacted with the distilled water and acid. It was destroyed and I'm left with a reddish brown liquid that is pretty acidic (somewhere around 4.5 ph). Does anyone know what happened or what this contamination is? I have it stored safely now, but I'm not sure if I should try to salvage it or neutralize it. I have about 750 mL.