I have been trying to produce 3-methylindole, the stinky chemical found in erm...organic mud-pies shall we say, I have tried this by addition of 100ml of a 50% aq. soln. of NaOH to about 300 ml of a mixture of the white of one egg and water. The solution is then shaken violently for some time by hand and left for three hours, when there is a layer of coagulated albumen and a NaOH layer which I think contains the 3-methylindole in solution,
On addition of just over half an equal amount of boiling hot aq. HCl this seperates into three layers, a clear one at the bottom that I presume contains the remaining HCl, then an albumen layer of eggy refuse, and finally on the top there is a watery layer with a fine brown precipitate which I think is my 3-methylindole-HCl.
Can anybody help, I need to find a way to test my product to find out if it is what i think it is, I unfortunately cannot just sniff for the s#*$-smell, as I have lost almost all my sense of smell