Temperature and length of time for pickling!!

Submitted by Wayne Kent on 12/23/99. ( )

I pickled 2 deer capes last december and they have been soaking ever
since. I do all of my work in my garage which is insulated, but it still gets cold.(not freezing, but close) My concern is that it might be too cold, will this hurt my capes, or is it too late? Also,have i ruined my capes by leaving them in the pickle for this long?
I was told that you can't hurt the hides by leaving them in pickle solution for a long time. Any input on these questions would be greatly appreciated! Thank You!

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need to continue to check the ph

This response submitted by Craig Rusin on 12/24/99. ( CRtracker@aol.com )

The ph of your solution will change so this needs to be checked. Most good tanneries, if not all tanneries, have dailey record sheets where their employees are required to record the ph. I haven't had a problem with leaving a hide in solution for a couple of weeks but I check the ph every day. That's where I would start.

If the solution was made properly, with 1-1.5 lbs. of salt per gallon of water, it shouldn't freeze.


This response submitted by Steve A. on 12/30/99. ( )

I'm no expert, but I have been told that a lower temperature for you
pickle should not hurt anything. It may take a while longer to penetrate
though. Your tanning solution such as Lutan-F needs to be at room temperature.
I have been wondering the same thing on this question? I would appreciate
anyone elses imput on this if I am wrong?

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