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Re: conservation of albumen

Thanks for the suggestions, Eric.
Your first reply was not to freeze the solution. What happens if it is frozen? At first, it seems there is nothing that might be destroyed by the growth of ice crystals.

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.