Well, as some of you might already know from my pleading in another thread, I purchased an enlarger, and along with it, I got a whole slew of darkroom odds and ends. Wedged among some papers (sadly, the big pack of 100 sheets of Ilford multigrade has been opened and exposed to light - might be able to print some 5x7 in the middle of the sheets... but other than that, its some really big test strips...) - well, wedged among the papers was a bag of Dektol. Its an old bag, unlike the new ones it feels like its some kind of treated paper ( if memory serves, this is the way htey looked in the 1980's) - this gave me a hint as to the age of the packet. Having heard that dry Dektol powder keeps pretty much indefinitely, I decided to mix it up and see. The result was a batch of brown liquid, and I mean brown - as dark as Coca Cola or coffee. I decided to try it seeing as obviously, prints are not as precious as negatives - you can always make more. Well, the results are: I mixed the Dektol 1:2, developed for 1.5 minutes or so at as close to 20 deg C as I could keep it, and...well, its Dektol. No problems. Bright highlights, dark, dark shadows, no staining of any kind, nothing weird whatsoever. And I tried it on negatives that I already printed with good results, so that I had a point of ref. I just thought I'd share my "findings" in case someone else is faced with a similar situation.