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    HC-110 is unusual in that unlike most developers, it is not oxygen that causes it to deteriorate. Instead, it will start to deteriorate if water is introduced to it. So my guess is that Dave's HC-110 was exposed to either a lot of humidity, or some water was inadvertently added to the bottle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mopar_guy View Post
    Here's what happened:

    ...HC-110 concentrate had been open about 6 months and was a dark brown color.
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    My year old bottle remains a "nice" orange color. Perhaps, as Matt suggested, yours was exposed to moisture.
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    D76 is my preferred developer so my HC110 can sit for quite awhile after opening it. I just finished a bottle that had been open for well over a year and it was still a pretty orange color.

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    Being naturally cautious, I purchased some 2 and 4 ounce "Nalgene" bottles from a camping store and normally divide my HC110 into smaller containers with all but a 2 oz. working bottle full to the top for minimal air, etc. I have added two 8 ounce bottles for the transition to 1 liter, but haven't opened it yet. I do mostly 1+63 one-shot and the unused bottles have stayed like new for at least two or three years. I have occasionally seen a bit of brown discoloration on the cap threads of the working bottle, but no effects on the contents.

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    I've used bottles opened for 2-3 years or more and so deep dark orange to be almost more brown than orange. No issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mopar_guy View Post
    Here's what happened:

    Plus-X- 35mm.
    Fresh film.
    Processed as I normally do.
    HC-110 concentrate had been open about 6 months and was a dark brown color.
    I mixed the developer from concentrate.
    The image on the film was extremely faint, including the edge markings.

    I assumed that the developer had gone bad, and I threw it out.
    That blows! Sorry to hear that. I guess even with HC110 it makes sense to test developer that looks suspect.
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    I placed my order with Freestyle on the 18 going by their statement "in stock Sept 20th " I just check and now expected stock Oct 1st.uggh

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    Quote Originally Posted by lifthard1 View Post
    I placed my order with Freestyle on the 18 going by their statement "in stock Sept 20th " I just check and now expected stock Oct 1st.uggh
    For the future, it's not a bad idea to stock up a little, in order to have some redundancy for when things like these happen.

    I use Xtol, so I have three or four 5liter bags sitting around, and when I get down to two bags I order two more. Then I don't have to worry about it.
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