I had used plastic cubes in a box when they were sold for the photography darkroom. Impossible to clean, hard to get all the chemical out.
Same with the accordion bottles. Squeezing air out of regular darkroom brown plastic bottles is OK, just not good for a long time storage.
Instead, I purchased a bunch of new 250ml Amber Glass Large Mouth Bottles. I can mix developer and store in these bottles with no air so it would last longer. Then I could use one shot or 1:1, rinse the bottle, and reuse the next time I mix up a new batch.
I purchased several gross of these bottles, new, surplus from Abbot or Baxter, and have sold dozens to members, if anyone needs any, send me a PM.
Glass is classic, plastic is spastic. :D
As others have stated I use the glass amber bottles from photographers formulary or other chemical distributors (they are all the same) HOWEVER ... PE has stated over and over that the light penetrating the bottles has no effect so you CAN use a clear glass bottle and it would be just as good as the amber ones.
Secondly, the WINE bladders are certainly air tight... this is wine we are talking about... the most important aspect to keeping wine is to keep new oxygen from penetrating the container and thus spoiling the wine, so unless the chemicals break down the inner lining somehow, the wine bladders are probably a perfect choice for this kind of chemistry in terms of oxygen issues.
Third... I'm curious about BMbikerider's comment about color developers.... how do you split the chems into 100ml's and then account for the time difference in development? like, ... say your E-6 times start at 6 minutes and every roll you run through the developer you're supposed to add 1.04 to the time, so then it's like 6.4 minutes then 6.9 minutes etc etc... but that's based on the water to developer ratio right? so when you start with 100ml instead of 500ml ... how do you calculate for the time difference? and how many rolls do you get out of 100ml? Or am I totally missing what you're saying?
I like the amber bottles because they are less likely to be mistaken for something else, like water. Somewhat of a tradition. YMMV
I think it would be best if we all put chemistry in clear water looking bottles and then put "this is totally water, it's not chemistry, and even though it's mine and not yours, you should go ahead and drink it anyway, I'm sure it's safe and totally not chemistry or poison I promise you, so go ahead, take a big gulp out of my bottle that isn't yours, it's ok"
Originally Posted by fotch
This will be a good thing for the world, gets rid of thieves AND fools in a single gulp... survival of the fittest and all that :)
I use wine bladders all the time. They are of the "silvered" variety which in effect looks like foil. Haven't had a problem yet. The bags of course collapse as the liquid is drawn out so no air penetrates.
Makes drawing stock solution out a quick, easy and accurate process.
Glass with the cone type inserts in the cap. Clean the inside top of the bottle before screwing down or sometimes they stick.
I use one time use size, normally 120 ml. If you mix a lot at a time, you can decant from larger bottles as required.
Glass never leaks air and is cleanable.
Thanks for all the suggestions. I was able to pick up some amber glass Boston bottles with the poly-cone caps locally. I purchased 6ea 32oz, 8ea 8oz, and 8ea 4oz bottles for $30. That should be plenty to get me started I think.