I'm reading this IR spectra and trying to determine if the large broad band at 3388 is alcohol from an intermediate or from water in the sample. The details of the reaction, conditions, and mechanism can be found below if it's helpful.
I attempted to run a double aldol condensation of p-anisaldehyde and acetone using 2 mL of 3 M NaOH, 0.3 mL of p-anisaldehyde, and 1.6 mL of 0.625 M acetone in ethanol. I let the reaction run for 30 minutes at room temperature and recrystallized the product.
I drew all of the steps I think the reaction mechanism could have stopped that have an alcohol here:
Thanks for any advice.