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Citric Acid Ph

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by Randy4536, Oct 14, 2021 at 12:26 PM.

  1. Randy4536

    Randy4536 New Member

    Started using citric acid, 3oz per gallon . initial ph was around 1.5, but once skin added jumped to 2 ph by the end of the day. added probably another 6 oz of citric but didnt do much . So I have 6 gal and 24 oz of citric. Added 1.5 oz of safety just to get it down and it is stable at 1.5 now . With safety I usually run around 1floz to 1 gal of water and never have to add and stays at 1.5.
    Does citric run a tad higher around 2 ? is that safe pickle ph? would like to switch to citric going further for safety reasons and natural degreaser to aid in the pickle . But just concerned with the ph and is citric susceptible to ph movement more then safety.
  2. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    I use 3 oz per gallon and never check the pH.

  3. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Any pickle should run from 2.5 to lower. Adding the capes to your mix will naturally raise the pH . I make adjustments the next morning or before I close up my shop. Citric can stay at 1.5 when it stabilizes with your skins. This happens with all pickles !
  4. gobbler71

    gobbler71 Member

    X2 What Frank said! They all move around whatever you use. That's why you should monitor daily. Even your water can be different than the next guy.
  5. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    I always seem the need to adjust the pH the next day. So I keep checking the first few days. After that it's pretty stable.