Why did magnesium not react in grignard reaction?

In our chem lab class, we had to produce 5-methyl-5-nonanol via a grignard reaction using magnesium, 1-bromobutane, ethyl acetate, and sulfuric acid. We acetone dried all our glassware and made sure to the best of our ability that no moisture was present, but throughout the reaction, the magnesium did not dissolve... show more In our chem lab class, we had to produce 5-methyl-5-nonanol via a grignard reaction using magnesium, 1-bromobutane, ethyl acetate, and sulfuric acid. We acetone dried all our glassware and made sure to the best of our ability that no moisture was present, but throughout the reaction, the magnesium did not dissolve from the reaction flask. Understandably, this messed up the entire experiment. I am having trouble figuring out why this would happen...please help?
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