# 5 Gallon Tan Vs 10 Gallon Tan

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by Jordan Park, Apr 13, 2020.

1. ### Jordan ParkActive Member

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Hey guys! I use the ez tan method with the safety acid pickle and from what I can tell, I always have a tanned hide at the end of it.

I use to use 5 gallons to tan a deer cape, but decided to switch to 10 gallons because I feel better with the cape in more solution.

My question is, how many ounces of tan will a deer cape need in order to tan?
Because in the 5 gallon solution I have 5oz of ez tan. And in 10 gallon solution I have 10oz of ez tan.

Am I wasting tan by making a 10 gallon solution for 1 deer cape?

Thanks!

2. ### FallenscaleWell-Known Member

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I know it recommends tanning by wieght not by the volume of water. You may want to reread the instructions.

3. ### FallenscaleWell-Known Member

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4. ### Jordan ParkActive Member

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Hey Fallenscale, I’ve never gotten instruction when I’ve bought it.
I follow Amy Carter’s instructions she posted on her a few years ago. And I follow the directions on their based on water volume.

5. ### FallenscaleWell-Known Member

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I posted them above hope its helps

6. ### Jordan ParkActive Member

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Thanks for those instructions. Same ones I follow for the based on water formula.

I was just wondering about it because even 3 gallons will submerge the cape, but does the cape actually need more than 3 oz of tan based on that formula?
That’s why I asked how many ounces of tan is actually needed to tan a cape.

7. ### Jordan ParkActive Member

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Actually I just read the drained weight instructions and it answers my question right there lol.
Thanks again for posting that!

8. ### FallenscaleWell-Known Member

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I'm not qualified to answer that but I think if you kept it stirred you'd be fine

9. ### pir^2hRetrievers give you the bird

The only advantage I could see in using ten gallons vs. five gallons is the skin will be less crowded and easier to agitate. I think that would be overkill on one deer cape and more costly. I use the water volume method and have never had an issue with it.

10. ### Wildcat FursNew Member

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Biggest thing I have noticed using the drained weight method is the lack of room the capes have for overall coverage so I usually go with water volume, but either way, the amount of tan needed is correct and there will always be waste using volume method over the drained weight. I lean towards the side of caution and ensure the capes are not overcrowded.