pickeling crystals, PH

Submitted by Tony on 11/03/2002. ( birdman27@mrtc.com )

I have had this problem 2 times now. I searched the archives and found nothing that could be an answer to my problem!
I am useing pickeling crystals. I have a five gallon mix and was between 1.5 and 2.0 (p.h.) Now after I added the cape, the P.H. is a 2.0. I have done this twice and came up with the same results: To lower the P.H., I used a quart jar full of tap water and, after heating it up in the microwave, I added about 5 table spoons of p. crystals. After I stired till the crystals are desolved, the water is a 2.5. I added more p. crystals with the same result. The only thing I can figure is my water isn't right for the pickel, (city water) or maybee the liptmus paper(spelling?) is no good? I would think consetrated acid and water would make a very low P.H. and then I would just add the stongly mixed acid to my borderline pickel. Has anyone seen or heared of this? Thanks in advance! Tony

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TONY~Try this

This response submitted by Larry on 11/03/2002. ( Shootist220@webtv.net )

Tony,I am not sure but yur water may be the problem.Try using DISTILLED water that you get from the Grocery STORE.Make sure it says DISTILLED then put your formula together.

If thats not it,I strong suggest you goingto the stuff called "Safety Acid" Its soldby Van Dykes Now it produces 1.5 readings on PH and You use 1/2 oz per gallon of water.10 gallons water= 5 ouunces Saftey Acid,,Its about $28.per gallon but You get far more for your money than those crystals.If you have any qquestions holler at my email addy,Yours truly,Larry

Thanks Larry

This response submitted by Tony on 11/03/2002. ( )

Thanks a bunch man, I know it doesn't make scense, I am puzzeled. I will try that. If thats the problem I will try our familys well water as well. I will let ya know what happens. Tony

New Test

This response submitted by Tony on 11/03/2002. ( )

I went and bought some distiled water, tried the same thing and came up with the same results. a 2.5 ph with the new water and I added even more crystals? Its either the crystals or the paper! What do ya think? anyone? I am stressed! Tony


This response submitted by Coyote on 11/03/2002. ( mrathnow@comcast.net )

Do yourself a favor and invest in a good PH test kit. I myself don't like the results you get from PH paper. The more expensive PH kits will give you a more accurate reading. Then all the guess work isn't going to be such a mystery to you.



This response submitted by RICK on 11/03/2002. ( )

Tony if you say you are getting a P.H. of 2 with the skin in the pickle you will be fine, bacteria cannot live under a P.H. of 3.

Ditto Rick.

This response submitted by John C on 11/03/2002. ( )

I work my pickle baths at 2.5pH I can get it on down but there is no need.

Thanks Guys

This response submitted by Tony on 11/03/2002. ( )

I know my pickel is ok but the point was, just crystals and water shouldn't be 2.5 . I think I will try the safty acid from now on and buy a better testing system! Thanks again fellas! still wondering, Tony

had same problem

This response submitted by paul bunyan on 11/03/2002. ( )

had same problem thought its was me then the water
Then switched to saftee acid with no more problems as of yet.
but you know how that goes tomorrow is a new day.


This response submitted by pylori on 11/04/2002. ( )

H. pylori lives happily in a pH under 3.

Do you use salt?

This response submitted by Mark on 11/12/2002. ( )

On my pickling,for deer capes and so on, I use 2 1/2 cups of pickling crystals, 5 cups of non-iodized salt, and 2 1/2 gallons of room temp water. This brings my ph to 2 to 2 1/2 which I have never had any problem with. Make sure your cape drains as well as possible before putting it in the pickling. Hope this helps you out.

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