I have recently received a couple of Alaskan Black Bears to tan. While they have been fleshed pretty well, the fat that was left over has turned orange and seems to be embedded in the skin. Are there any special processes out there that can minimize or take care of this problem?
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Grease burn sucks. It's very hard to remove. First of all you need great plumping action to even get those greasy fibers to be shave-able. You can either shave, soak, shave, soak, shave, soak, repeat until impossible or removed... or you can TRY using solvents, tumbling, and other processes. I believe David Patton has the info. on bears and grease burn, so look for a reply by him.
Your easiest solution might be to send the skins out unless they are worthless or a "tannery reject".
You can Bate them for a few hours to help open them up then go to a pickle and use a good degreaser. We make a product called Super solve Degreaser by Knoblochs that you can use. 1 to 2 oz per gallon 80 degree water then leave skins in it for 2 to 3 hours, be sure to stir your skins. Then go back to your pickle.
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