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The chemical reaction between Coke and milk

Assume that if the colored parts of Coke could somehow be precipitated down,
so what you’re left with is a bunch of dark particles at the bottom of
the bottle, with a strange, clear liquid up the top. That’s pretty much
what’s happening here, and the chemistry behind it is amazing. 

As Maricv 84 explains on their YouTube page,
the reaction is between the phosphoric acid in the Coke, and the
proetins in two tablespoons of milk, which produces a precipitate.
Here’s what it looks like: 3Ca + 2H3PO4 /// Ca3(PO4)2 + 3H2.

the phosphoric acid molecules come into contact with the milk, they
change, and become more dense, separating out and sinking to the bottom
as a solid precipitate of curdled milk. Meanwhile, the rest of the milk
and Coke mixture, because it’s less dense and therefore lighter, rises
to the top.

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“Both items are acidic, but coca-cola more so,” says Maricv 84.
” In general, coca-cola has a pH of anywhere from 2.5 to 4.5 because of
the phosphoric acid content, where milk has a normal pH around 6.7 –
almost neutral.”

This blog has even tried out the experiment using all different kids of milks. Interestingly, the reactions using water and almond milk look almost exactly the same.