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    Brown rodinal?

    My stock rodinal turned brown. I opened it just a week ago. Why is this, and is it a bad sign?

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    Rodinal will turn brown very quickly but this will not affect it's working properties. However I don't like using a chemical that appears to have gone off so what I do is decant the 500cc bottle into 5 x 100cc glass bottles (or the equivalent) and use one at a time. I don't know where you will get them where you, are but my local pharmacy will sell them very cheaply once you explain what they are for.

    I also use them to preserve RA4 Developer and Paper developer which I make up or buy in large quantities. This stops the chemical from deteriorating. Plastic will absorb oxygen over time and this is what 'kills' the developers. Glass is a far better alternative.

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    I've used Rodinal that has gone inky black and was likely over 20 years old with seemingly no difference I could tell. No worries.
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    Haha, thats great to hear. Thanks!

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    Rodinal will last decades even when turned brown. I heard from somewhere they found some in a WWII bunker that was over 50 years old and it still worked!

    Rodinal will keep well but once mixed has to be used instantly as it goes off quickly

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    As jm94 said, Rodinal concentrate lasts for decades, even in partially-used bottles.

    Discoloration, even if severe, does not affect its performance.

    Once mixed, it should be used within about 15 minutes. I always mix it while the film is in the pre-soak.

    I've been using Rodinal for over 50 years (not the same bottle) and have never experienced any variation in performance with age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh B View Post
    I've been using Rodinal for over 50 years
    That's taking stand processing to extremes!


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    I can't stand stand processing. It's the most ridiculous concept ever developed.

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    It has its merits, but i think thats out of the topic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh B View Post
    I can't stand stand processing. It's the most ridiculous concept ever developed.
    I'm pretty sure there's a pun standing around in there somewhere.

    FWIW, I've never used Rodinal (or R09, for that matter) that wasn't brown. Isn't it supposed to be brown?
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