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Pickling In Cold Weather

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by Natemn, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. Natemn

    Natemn New Member

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    I am going to do my own pickling and tanning soon for the first time. I may need to do it in the garage which usually stays at 32-38 degrees. Does cold weather have a big effect on quality and overall time the pickle takes?
    I could do it in my basement if 1. My wife doesnt know and 2. If it doesnt smell. Otherwise itll have to be done in the garage.
     
  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Using saftee acid , citric will be fine to use in the basement and not smell the house up but keep a cover on your pickle.
    As doing it I the garage you’ll be fine at those temps. Getting lower than that can cause the salt to bottom out and it’ll start to freeze ( hence why oceans freeze)
     

  3. Natemn

    Natemn New Member

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    Thanks for your help Frank. I was going to ask about putting a cover on it. Wasnt sure if that was ok to do or not.
     
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  4. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    In really cold weather, I put an aquarium heater on the bottom of the tub and covered it with a piece of PVC pipe cut in half with large holes drilled all around it. Wrapping the tub in insulation will help keep the warmth in.
     
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    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

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