Developer, brown glass bottles, and your health

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by SchwinnParamount, Feb 16, 2005.

  1. SchwinnParamount

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    I found a great cheap source of brown glass bottles to store smallish quantities of working solution and incidentally give my health a boost too.

    Trader Joe's has cold pressed flax oil which contains omega-3 fatty acids and stuff to pick off those nasty free radicals... and comes in great brown glass bottles. When you finish your flax oil (2 tablespoons a day in your oatmeal or protein shake) then rinse out the bottle and use it for developer! Great stuff
     
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    Sutter Home Merlot - 187ml green bottles - 4 in a pack ~$6.oo.
    Lower blood pressure, relax and get a good attitude by drinking the contents.
    Peel off the label and re-use.
    Brown is over rated. :wink:
     
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    You got me there! :D

    Better peel the label or you could mix up the bottles and pour yourself a nice glass of PMK with your steak!
     
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    Flax seed (aka linseed). It my be good for you, but it does taste like furnuture polish, which in fact it is. So you can collect bottles, stay healthy, and polish the wood on your field camera.

    I'll stick to the wine bottles...

    Ian
     
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    Couldn't we just send a few cases around the world to those "rogue nations" we dislike? The elimination of a bunch of those "nasty free radicals" would be a public service. Trouble is, there wouldn't be too many governments left to run things once they began to change. On second thought, perhaps we should take up a collection? tim

    P.S. Send your money or brown bottles to "Save the world, eliminate free radicals"
     
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    We have health food products in brown bottles to. They call it beer-)
     
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    Great idea.....but 750ml bottles that once held 2 buck chuck are so much more plentiful.
     
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    Here in Washington its '3 buck Chuck' but it's still that inferior California wine. Washington merlot, cabernet, and Oregon Pinot are the only west coast wines worth drinking.

    I say we free the radicals and send 'em to California to overthrow the Governator. :D
     
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    I've no affiliation with this company, but they have a good selection of brown glass bottles; www.specialtybottle.com

    I'm still partial to 1.75L Jim Beam jugs for things like fixer and D76..
     
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    Sorry if this seems a silly question but I always thought that the containers used for storing photo chemicals should be light tight, ya know like those brown, plastic bottles you get at the photo store.

    Am I a victim of marketing hype? Are you guys saying that clear containers are ok?

    Thanks in advance :wink:
     
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    Developers usually benefit from being kept in the dark. Other chemicals not so much.

    If you keep your chemicals in a dark cabinet anyway, it doesn't matter what kind of bottles you use in this respect.
     
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    I get brown bottles at evil-mart.... they are filled with peroxide initially.
    Also the bleach 2 l bottles work great
     
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    That explains all that blond hair of yours. Just what do you use to get to those roots.:D
     
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    I think that explains my lack of hair :D
     
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    Just a related personal experience here.
    I was buying FG7 and using it infrequently so I wanted to break it up into smaller, completely filled, tightly sealed bottles. I noticed that the plastic bottles that my multi vitamins came in were the perfect size, Dark Brown and transparent, had a wide mouth for inserting marbles and a tightly sealing cap. So I cleaned one out real good and put it to use.
    Funny thing though, After a month or so the bottle, which was Brown as Brown can be turned to a bright Emerald Green.
    I didn't actually notice any distinct effect on the functionality of the developer but it's probably best to stick with glass as SchwinnParamount has suggested.
     
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    Yep, being a Marketing Major, I can say 100%, you've been duped! :smile:

    I keep some of the stuff I don't use much in nalgen bottles (clear) in my "dark" room, inside a "dark" cabinet. Dark is dark....
     
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    I am afraid that you are wrong Eric.
    Cabinet dark is unsuitable for photographic purposes. The expensive bottles sold at camera stores contain 'photo grade' darkness and should always be used for solution storage.
     
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    'photo grade' darkness is the brain child of a marketing type person who couldn't bring himself to say 'keep your cabinet really dark' :smile:
     
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    OMG! I am going to call my builder right now and let them know that my darkness is not photograde when I specifically told them I need "photo grade" darkness. I hope I get my money back!
     
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    During the big East Coast Black Out a couple of years ago, I filled several bottles with Dark and offered to sell them to folks on APUG who needed to charge up their newly built darkrooms. I might have a couple of bottles left if you are interested.
     
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    I might need a couple of bottles. My darkroom has developed a dark leak around one of the windows I've installed a deadlight in. The gasket is starting to come unglued and rather than fix it, I'd like to just pour in a little photo-grade dark once in a while.
     
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    You should be ashamed of yourself for that scam. You know there is no such thing as light. All there is is dark. What do you see when a light bulb quits working? It is all clogged up with dark from sucking it out of the room. Fireplaces, too, get clogged up with dark. I know this to be a fact because I saw it long ago in the "Journal of Irreprodicible Results", which was certainly a reputable scientific journal.
     
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    Hey, this is some of the finest Dark that money can buy. You've heard of legendary quality of Leitz? Well this is Darkz.

    It was collected near NYC so it contains the exact proper combination of smog, toxic fumes and particulate matter to give it that distinctive "Springtime in Secaucus New Jersey" character, but this is rated "Photo Grade A"
     
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    Please watch out with bottles previous used for food/beverage. Store them in a safe place so that children or ourselves can not mistake them for drinks. I usually add some bright orange harmful stickers - on the outside.

    Darkness?
    I learned a very simple trick from our cat, when she was younger, she thought that if she closes her eyes and could not see us - we could not see her either. So close your eyes and enjoy the darkness.
     
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    I use green plastic beverage bottles. I figure that if they're safe for food, they must be pretty neutral and if they can hold in carbonation indefinitely, they must be airtight. They are also way cheap if you occasionally drink 7 Up.

    I completely remove the original plastic lable and write the chem contents on it with a fat marker and store it on my darkroom shelf.