two things

Submitted by JJ on 1/21/01. ( )

i rehydrated 4deer capes in a salt brine solution but didnt add any bacteriacide ,it is my understanding that the bactericide will jump my ph when i go to pickle with saftee acid,correct me if im wrong,?is were the capes safe in just the salt brine .secondly after mixing the saftee acid picckle i checked the ph the next day it was at 1.0,i added my capes and checked ph over the next 3 days,onthe 3rd day the ph was at about 2.5,so i pulled the capes added more acid to reach sure i did the right thing ,but if the ph keeps rising over periods of time is it safe on the skins to keep adding acid?im wondering if the skins absorbed the initial acid and by adding more eventually it should maintain its ph sorry the long windbut i could use some answers thank you

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keep adding acid.

This response submitted by John C on 1/21/01. ( )

Dont pull the capes out, just adjust the acid to 1.5-2.0 never higher than 2.0.

Leaving the capes in is the only way you will get them penetrated with acid, once its there you can leave them a while
John C

Not necessarily

This response submitted by will on 1/21/01. ( )

I always take my capes out to adjust pH. In my opinion, it get's mixed better without capes in there clogging up the mess. Adjust your pH and put the skins right back in it. You are doing just fine!

The initial rise in ph is due to the skins absorbing the acid just like you thought. The pH will eventually stabilize, just like you thought. You rehydrated the skins correctly, just like you thought!

As a matter of fact, the things you thought are just about perfect. I've done hundreds of skins just like you are doing and I've lost a total of 6 over that time!

Roll on, my man! You are doing great!



This response submitted by Marc on 1/21/01. ( )

JJ, I'm with John on this one, I don't believe you need to remove your capes to adjust your PH. If your pickle barrel is large enough to accomodate your capes then you shouldn't have any problems just adding your acid directly to the pickle without having to worry about it "clogging up the mess". As for rehydrating, I also use safety acid and contrary to all I have ever heard about bacteriacide jumping the PH, I have yet to encounter this problem. It also seems that I don't have to adjust my pickle nearly as much using safety acid as I did using formic acid. I have also recently started adding acidbate to my pickle and haven't seen any noticeable fluctuations in PH levels. Just to be safe though, I have recently started omitting bacteriacide from my rehydration bath unless it is an iffy cape. Hope you find something here that may be useful. Good luck. Marc

And they all work

This response submitted by Will on 1/21/01. ( )

So many different opinions to get the same thing....a good tanned skin. One good thing about these exchanges of information is that there are tips and hints to make things easier. Take what you see here, experiment and see what does best for you!

Good Luck,


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