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Re: conservation of albumen

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  • From: eric nelson <emanphoto@gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 10:37:45 -0600
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Coated paper will last indefinitely.  
Sensitized paper, at most 24 hours and you will see it start to fog.  

Determining whether your albumen solution has gone bad is a subjective process looking for a bad smell, as opposed to the normal smell of the albumen, and if you see anything floating in the solution it is usually a good clue to dump it.

I've never used a solution more than a couple weeks or so old with the clock starting once the fermentation process has completed, according to the Reilly timetable.  I keep the solution refrigerated for the entire time it's not in use as well as the fermentation time, and not frozen.


2009/1/19 Loris Medici <mail@loris.medici.name>
Why not mixing in batches, just enough to coat the needed amount of
sheets? (Like say... 40 11x16" - quarter size - sheets at a time.)
Albumenized papers can be stored for much longer than a year...