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    Mixing X-tol

    Sorry, I'm not sure where else to ask/look.

    I'm starting my own darkroom, I've had some practice in school but this is the first time I'm going to be mixing chemicals on my own.
    I have chosen to go for X-TOL because I shoot Tri-X and I believe the results will be decent.

    But I don't want to mix all 5 litres at once, I don't need all that.

    Does anyone know how to mix, say 2 litres with the two packets made for 5 litre mixes. How much do i need of each powder?

    And will the powder i don't use store ok in the bags?

    Regards, Stephan from Sweden

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    Kodak had problems selling xtol in smaller packets of 1 L. The whole reason behind the 5 liter bag is that in smaller quantities you may not get good results. Also mixing partial bag contents could lead to an uneven distribution of chems, because part a and part b have more than one ingredient. So you can experiment, and test how it will come out with not doing 5 L, but if you want a 100% success mix the whole bag.
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    Given that you are still fairly new at this I'd suggest just mixing the entire package. Xtol isn't that expensive and if you toss out a liter or two 6-months from now it isn't that big a deal.
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    Try storing it in 3L or better still 5L winebags inside their boxes if you can get some. You should get 9-12 months storage time at least in winebags

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    Thanks for the reply guys, I was prepared for that answer and have bought a bucket and a 5 litre plastic can to store it all in. Cool idea about the bag-in-box (wine bag), mum uses those quite regularly. :P Any ideas how to completely remove the wine, or does it add some cool effect to the negatives?

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    Also, someone mentioned distilled water? Is that necessary?

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    Dish soap and water.

    I use the wine boxes/bags for all the stock solutions I mix up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by S.larsson View Post
    Also, someone mentioned distilled water? Is that necessary?
    Not absolutely but it is also inexpensive.

    Using distilled water eliminates one possible variable/problem.
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    Thanks Mark! I'll try without this time round and see how it goes, I think we have quite clean water in Sweden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S.larsson View Post
    Sorry, I'm not sure where else to ask/look.

    I'm starting my own darkroom, I've had some practice in school but this is the first time I'm going to be mixing chemicals on my own.
    I have chosen to go for X-TOL because I shoot Tri-X and I believe the results will be decent.

    But I don't want to mix all 5 litres at once, I don't need all that.

    Does anyone know how to mix, say 2 litres with the two packets made for 5 litre mixes. How much do i need of each powder?

    And will the powder i don't use store ok in the bags?

    Regards, Stephan from Sweden
    how about dissolving all of bag a in one liter and all of bag bin anotherliter to make two sock solutions.then mix these two solutions as required. ust a thought.
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    Ralph W. Lambrecht
    www.darkroomagic.comrorrlambrec@ymail.com[/URL]
    www.waybeyondmonochrome.com

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