I just bought my first packs of D76 powder developer. I understand the basic process involved in preparing it for development. You pour the whole pouch into a container and add the indicated amount of water to create the stock solution, which lasts six months and can be used to create the actual working solution at a ratio of one part solution, one part water. Easy enough.

My question is can working solution be created directly from a smaller amount of powder? Like, just enough to do two rolls?

Sometimes I go months without shooting (a problem, yes) and my thinking is that keeping the developer in powder form will help it last longer than if I just mix it all up into stock solution.

- Robert