Hello everyone. I have always done usual standard method of skin, flesh, salt and then pickle in standard solution (ph 2 and salt solution). i am interested in trying alcohol as a pickle but don’t know if it has same effect. My question is in regards to the pickle solution. I have read on here by George and some old school taxidermists that hides can be stored and pickled in an alcohol solution. My curiosity emerged when I heard Chuck Testa use a turpentine and alcohol mix to soak his hides. I am not sure what the purpose of turpentine was other than to retain natural oil and degrease the hides. i like the idea of alcohol pickle because it is guaranteed disinfectant. I also have plenty and it’s very cheap for me. I am not too worried about costs. I am aware this is not a tanning method lmao, though I would be interested to do this as a treatment pre-tanning. i did read on here that someone mentioned there is hide shrinkage... then another post mentioned hide expansion (size increased). Idk lol. So my question is if there are any benefits to alcohol/terpentine over acid/salt pickle?: does it help remove flesh easier? I read that it makes peeling the flesh off super easy. Idk how this compares to your usual acid/salt pickle or if it is superior? an acid pickle actually dissolves certain proteins I believe in the hide, so this makes the tanning solutions penetrate better. Does alcohol/terpentine do the same? Alcohol is not an acid. If I soak in alcohol, I guess I would have to soak in an acid since some tanning solutions require low pH?