Salinometer at what water temp?

Submitted by Jim T on 3/5/01. ( )

I am going to tan for the first time and my new salinometer says on the side percent scale for salt or brine temp 60 degrees. My question is 40% is the salt reading for pickle will it need to read a different % if the water temp is not 60 degrees?

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Don't worry about it!

This response submitted by Bruce Rittel on 3/5/01. ( )

You're right about the temperature having a bearing on the reading - but in almost all tanning scenarios, the slight difference really doesnt matter much. In a Lab setting, this would be important for precision, accurate data, but in day to day tanning, as long as you work your solutions in a comfortable temperature range (65-80 degrees F.), you shouldnt have any drastic variations. Actually, saying it should read between 40-43% is a sloppy range by Lab standards, so you have a lot of room to play.

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