I absolutely was not trying to cast doubt on the veracity of the alchemical side of the experiment you mentioned. In fact the guy I mentioned did apparently succeed with the process I mentioned in the last post.

But I think it is fair to say that in alchemy, we do use more basic chemistry to open the door for most experiments. And before alchemical things start happening, it is more mundane chemical things. But if someone has no knowledge of what should happen chemically, then they have a less chance of identifying when the alchemical things start happening.

For example if a person has no idea of what the properties of common NaCl or sea salt are, and he heats it and it mysteriously sublimates to the top of his alembic, he might think this is normal, but obviously NaCl does not sublimate. It merely melts. So the said person might have completely overlooked that he had enlivened his salts, thinking nothing of it. That was the only point I was trying to make.