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Wheat Bran Bating Questions

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by kaiyote, Nov 24, 2021.

  1. kaiyote

    kaiyote New Member

    Howdy, all.

    I'm undertaking wheat bran bating, and there are some holes in my understanding. I've just bucked 2 deer hides (in KOH) and am prepping to do a quick rinse and dehairing before throwing them in a solution of 10gal water/4 quarts wheat bran/2cups non-iodized salt. I'll let them sit in there until they start floating. These are all recommendations from an acquaintance I no longer have contact with. By doing the above steps, she's able to get a (grain-on) hide product that is something like a stiffer more durable buckskin.

    What I'm wondering:
    • Has anyone done this and had success?
    • Does the water/bran/salt ratio sound correct?
    • What do I do with the hides after? Do I oil and soften? Brain soak and soften? Just soften? I'm confused about this part of the process.
    Any advice would be much appreciated!
  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Although this is the tanning section, it is designed to ask and answer questions on tanning as it pertains to taxidermy specifically. Although taxidermists do use buckskin on occasion, I think that making it themselves is a rare occurrence. I say this because you may not get an answer simply because of the reasons I offered. Good luck in your quest.