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    Old Glycin- useable?

    I bought 100g of Glycin from the Formulary about two years ago and never got around to using it. I emailed them and was told it is only generally good for 6 months, and that one can tell by the color- brownish means its done-for. Well, I don't want to open it just to inspect it since that would expose it to light and air and moisture, etc.

    I hate to just throw this out if it is useful at all to someone.

    Anyone who is familiar with using Glycin and wants this can have it for $5 shipping (USA- NO Paypal!) Otherwise, it goes into the trash...

    Keith Ostertag

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    My experience is NO. Glycin has a very, very short shelf life. I've made the mistake of buying a large jar of it once. In no time it went from light tan, to dark, earth colored powder. I used it to mix up a batch of paper developer, but it flat out didn't work. At least that's been my experience. I now buy it in small quantities when I want to use it. Photographers Formulary sells it in small bottle of 10 grams, which I usually purchase at B&H. Store it in the dark.

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    OK, thanks for the confirmation (sigh...)
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    Storing in the freezer does extend its life some. So does making a large batch of Ansco 130. I've had the developer keep for over a year.

    I would open the package and look before you toss it, or waste the money shipping it.

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    Hi Keith,

    Perhaps you may find it useful to review my experience with long-term storage of glycin powder?

    Ken
    "They are the proof that something was there and no longer is. Like a stain. And the stillness of them is boggling. You can turn away but when you come back they’ll still be there looking at you."

    — Diane Arbus, March 15, 1971, in response to a request for a brief statement about photographs

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    Glycin will desintegrate under oxygen. I use butane (campingas) to keep the oxygen from glycin. In this way glycin can be used for years.

    Jed

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    Well, seems we have a range of opinions...

    I just opened it.

    Brown.

    Tossed.

    Thanks for your replies.

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    If I'm not too late... old glycin CAN make a warmtone print dev. I've taken VERY old glycin (looked like Hershey's instant milk powder) and made it into Ansco/Agfa 130. The prints came out with a brown tone. Good for certain shots; womens portraits, old buildings, anything you might want warm.

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    I have old glycin
    under the kodak name of athenon
    probably from the early 70's if not 60's

    I used some about 2 years ago to make a glycin only film developer
    It developed the film and the film was actually pretty sharp. Sharper than d23 and I think xtol also using a handheld microscope to judge
    very warm toned brown, though. I never printed them. I think I recently threw those film dev. test negatives out

    I tried using some recently as a glycin only print developer
    NOTHING
    don't know.
    try a different jar one of these days

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    Boy my experience with old glycin in paper developer was a total fail. It just didn't work. Good thread this, learned a few things.

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