I am currently tanning 4 deerskins hair on and I am using the EZ-100 instructions from the link below. http://www.taxidermyarts.com/documents/rittel_instructions/EZ-2000-instructions.pdf In the instructions I don't see a very clear "Neutralizing" step. Am I missing something or do the hides stay acidic for the ez-100 solution to better penetrate? As for my second question, how long can hides be left "oiled" before drying and breaking? I am going through the tanning process with a buddy of mine as one of the hides is his and wants to see every step and help in the breaking process. the issue is that our work schedules do not align and we only have time over the weekend. Since the hides will be ready to go into the ez-100 bath tomorrow (saturday) that means they will be oiled on Sunday and start breaking (according to the directions) monday or tuesday depending on how fast they want to dry. so do i either A: just leave them in the pickle and plan to tan them mid week so they will be ready to break over the weekend or B. let them sweat and don't open them to dry until Thu to have them ready to break saturday or sunday? Thanks for all of the help!