tartaric acid

Does anyone know of sources to by tartaric acid? I thought it was the same as cream of tartar, but sadly it isn't.
Thanks everyone.

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usuba dashi
usuba dashi December 31, 2011

Tartaric acid can be cream of tartar when naturally derived from wine. If you have ever seen hard tasteless, crystals in a bottle of wine, especially whites, is most likely the tartaric acid that has fallen out from the wine, usually from temperature fluctuation or age. I organic production, only tartaric acid, or cream of tartar can be derived from organic wine (chipped out of the fermentation vats in vast amounts . . not a fun job). Commercial cream of tartar is chemically derived.

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bigpan
bigpan December 31, 2011

What are you using it for? If to stabilize egg whites, consider using a copper bowl.

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ChrisBird
ChrisBird December 31, 2011

I wish to make my own mascarpone - and i have a fabulous lemon dessert recipe but want to try making it using a non-citrus based acid with some less traditional flavourings - like pink peppercorns.
Potassium bitartrate (the hydrogen salt of potassium and tartaric acid aka cream of tartar) isnt suitable unfortunately.

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nutcakes
nutcakes December 31, 2011

Have you check homebrew and winemaking shops if you have any in your area? Otherwise you can order it on Amazon, there are a couple of sellers.

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nutcakes
nutcakes December 31, 2011

Becareful of mislabeling there as well.

ChrisBird
ChrisBird December 31, 2011

Thanks nutcakes. Good suggestions.

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nutcakes
nutcakes December 31, 2011

Here's one link
http://www.amazon.com/Tartaric-Acid-4oz/dp/B0064OLZ1Y/ref=pd_sim_sbs_gro_2

Ophelia
Ophelia December 31, 2011
http://www.cellar-homebrew.com/store/product.php?productid=984&cat=0&page=1

A lot of brewing places also sell cheese making supplies.
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