Times for home-brewed D-76?

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    I have the bulk chemicals to make D-76, but have never done it before. Would the developing times be the same as with the Kodak-prepared D-76, or does their recipe differ from the original? Or are the Ilford times for ID-11 better suited?

    I have used the recipe for Agfa 44 (Ansco 17) the last 18 years, and it's similar to D-76 but with different proportions and it gives different times. I will have FP4 sheets and rolls to develop soon, and don't want to bother with trial and error to find the correct times for Agfa 44. I could buy pre-packed D-76, but then I would have to mail order it.
     
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    I always used the published times for D76/ID11 when using home brewed D76. Keep in mind that Ilford's times probably produce slightly higher contrast. By the way, I always mix D76d, a better buffered variant.
     
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    I always used published times as well, never a problem.
     
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    Thanks. I'll probably use a time between the Kodak and Ilford recommendations.
     
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    Why would someone home brew D-76?
     
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    It's very inexpensive for one thing. My one remaining local store no longer carries it and instead of waiting for a delivery to arrive from NYC, I can brew myself.
     
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    I guess because they can and do... I’m sure it makes the photographic endeavour a more complete experience...?
     
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    My reason is that I have the chemicals needed, and I don't need anything else than a liter of D-76 at the moment, so it makes no sense to mail order it and pay for shipping.
     
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    Same here. I have the chems, why buy anything else?

    PS: the time for HP5+ at 1:1 that Ilford publishes (11min) is wrong. It's more along the lines of 13 minutes. I contacted Ilford and they said that they'd look into it.
     
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    Because I can and I have been doing it for 30 + years that way.

    Convenient, cheap, always fresh, cheap, always the correct amount needed, cheap, no wastage, cheap; I could go on, but I won't. :D

    Mick.
     
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    Same reason why some decide to use recumbent bicycles. It just suits their purpose:D

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    I have just recently started home brewing D-76 , something I should've done long ago. I tried D-76-H the other day and am impressed with the first results.
     
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    I agree with all that, except that I probaly would have bought pre-packed D-76 or ID-11 this time to support the manufacturers this time, and saved my chemicals for developers that aren't commercially available. But that would not have been economical with the added Euro/Dollar 10+ when I don't need to buy anything else. And I only need one liter at a time and have no idea when I will use D-76 again, so buying the bigger packages would be a waste. :smile:
     
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    My answer is: "Why Not"? More than once, I have been caught on a weekend without a chemical that I thought I had. No problem, I just mixed it from scratch. I have done this with Dektol, D-76, DK-50. My memory has improved as I have gotten older so it is not the problem that it once was when I was young and never made a mistake. Of course it is no help that the nearest cameras store is 180 miles away and deals only in digital........Regards!
     
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    dev times do not change with moe-brewed D76 or ID11
     
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    That was my thought, and why I asked the question.
     
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    The only difference in the recipes seems to be that they have added pH-buffering agents. :smile:

    Pre-packed D-76/ID-11 is on the list for my future order. :wink:
     
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    good choice!
     
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