Re: conservation of albumen
You may very well be right, but once that is done, it takes a lot of work to find out it was affected it in some way. I double coat so it would be a real bummer to find out after all that, that freezing did have a negative effect.
I've never seen any warning against freezing, but since freshness of the eggs and even their source does come into play, personally I'd play it safe.
I view albumen coating is a one day affair doing the first coat, hanging to dry, then running those sheets through isopropyl alcohol w/salt, hanging to dry, and then doing the 2nd coat. You can get a lot done in a day and once finished, they are ready to be sensitized indefinitely.
Given that working method, I've never had a reason to freeze what little albumen remained.
I say get it all done within the 2 or 3 week window after fermentation and be done with it. That window also gives one time to do a test to see if all is well if you're feeling unsure about your albumen and want to do a couple test prints.
On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 4:05 AM, John Brewer <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Yes, I wondered that too as I'm making my first steps into albumen. In