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    Will vinegar work as stop?

    My indicators stop smells just like strong vinegar so I was wondering if vinegar will work as a stop bath?
    For film?
    For prints?
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    Plan tap water will work, too.
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    Yes, I use white vinegar diluted 1:4.
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    stop bath is generally acetic acid, cheap arse brand white vinegar is generally weak acetic acid (3-5%).

    Divide the percentages and dilution ratio for the stop concentrate to find equivalent dilution.


    +1 for water

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinholemaster View Post
    Plan tap water will work, too.
    Plain tap water is not ideal for prints particularly Fibre based as the developer carry over will not have been neutralised and this will impact on the pH & capacity as well as life of the fixer.

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    Is this a yes for both paper and film?
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    I use it for paper and film.
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    I tried vinegar but my fingers got pickled. One time, in between darkroom work, I cut up some garlic for a dinner receipe, developed some more prints and thought my fingers sure smelled like a cucumber. They were even green! Pass the dill!

    Just kidding!

    I only use indicator stop bath. It's cheap & it works!
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    Yeah, actual stop bath is so cheap with its dilution that it may actually be cheaper than vinegar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Corneau View Post
    Yeah, actual stop bath is so cheap with its dilution that it may actually be cheaper than vinegar.
    Yep, and we haven't taken into account the added indicator dye that a proper stop bath has. It's also so abysmally cheaper compared to... paper. If you want to save money, learn to print efficiently. But that will cost you some paper!

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