Discussion in 'UK All Regions' started by Keith Tapscott., Jul 18, 2009.
Are glass `Winchester Bottles` available in 5 litre sizes in the UK?
Retro sell/sold 1L Winchesters
Don't know who else to suggest
Had a quick look Keith and found the website below with 2.5l bottles. If you scroll down you'll eventually get to them and they're £5.99.
Can I suggest winemaking demijohns with a dark paper or plastic cover as an alternative?
If you still have a local private chemist in your area it may be worth asking. I got a load of 2.5 liter ones virtually given to me when I lived in Barnstaple.
I agree with Neil, try your local chemist. I suspect you can still buy them but they are probably expensive. Its better anyway to store the chemicals in smaller volumes, they will keep longer.
Peter: thanks for the link, I even did not know wat Winchesters were until I saw one....
I kept my liquid chem's in 1L green whine/port bottles with a srew cap and labled propperly.
Worked for years untill I moved to a diferent place without a darkroom.
Any colloured 1L bottle with a srew cap would do I guess and it is cheap.
In the North West of England Boots the Chemists seem to be presently buying out all the local independent chemists, which was agreat boon to me as I've just got my hands on two 2.5L and two 1L Winchester bottles for nothing as part of a clear out/refit. Worth keeping your eyes open!
It looks as though the 2.5 litre size Winchester bottles are the largest that are commonly available. The 5 litre size demijohns might be suitable, provided they can be made air tight. I might also check around the local chemist stores as suggested.
Thanks to everyone who replied.
When I worked in a pharmacy, we routinely discarded the 2.5 litre 'Winchesters' that in which cough linctus was supplied in bulk, and most pharmacies get through a LOT of cough linctus. You'd be doing them a favour by taking the bottles off their hands.
They usually get taken back these days. When I ran a precious metals assay lab our chemical supplier wanted them back, we were using 2-3 a day.
My wife works in a Hospital Pharmacy. They regularly use and discard 2.5 litre brown glass bottles. She says that most bought-in products are now pre-packed in sizes for immediate use.
I now decant my developer into 0.5L PET plastic Coca Cola Bottles.
I pre-fill the bottles with Tetenal Protectan before pouring in the Dev to help minimise oxygenation during filling
Seems to work a treat
And, with my daughter home from Uni for the summer, I seem to have a never ending supply :rolleyes:
Don't keep any partialy filled bottles - I just dump it at the end of the session
I just picked up some 2.5L bottles in the UK here http://www.firstcall-photographic.c...tcall-chemical-storage-bottle-glass-25-litre/
They have wider tops than Winchesters & are made by Fisher Chemicals. They seem to be the D'sBs, I'm really pleased with them. However, I think 2.5L is the biggest size. I too have had little luck sourcing Winchesters of any size larger than 500ml in the UK since Nigel Dear at Retrophotographic seems to have stopped supplying them.
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