Update - After more testing, and as verified by Jennifer Page of Cape Fear Press, we have pretty much established that Phoenix pigment tissue does not require alcohol at ANY stage of the process. It is unnecessary and actually detrimental to use it. My last few plates have been developed in 115 degrees water, slowly chilled to 65, rinsed in chilled distilled, edges wiped and simply left to dry in front of a fan about three feet away for about 5 minutes, until all surface moisture disappears. The gelatin can be squeegeed after the water bath but it dries and etches perfectly fine without it. After 5-6 hours drying time at 60% humidity, etching proceeds without any issues whatsoever.
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