Snap Happy with Super 8

May 12, 2019

In an innovative move, Kodak and Dogfish have combined their skills to create a new beer that is capable of developing Kodak’s Super 8 film. The novel idea came to Dogfish Head founder and CEO, Sam Calagione, when he heard about how beer with a low enough pH could be used to develop film on a podcast.

The new launch, named Super 8, is brewed with eight main ingredients including raspberry, prickly pear, kiwi, mango, blackberry, boysenberry, elderberry and toasted quinoa with red Hawaiian sea salt.  It has a vibrant red colour.

This is, of course, photography old school - forget using your phone for this.

Here’s how to use cans of beer to develop film.

Heat 500ml of the beer to 32 degrees celsius.

Remove from heat and add 12g of vitamin C, stir and add 50g of baking soda and stir again - the liquid will foam up. 

Wait until the liquid settles down and then turn off the lights.

Pull the exposed film out of its cartridge and fully submerge it in the liquid.  

Gently move the film around in the liquid for 15 minutes.

Transfer the film to a container with fixer (you will have to buy this) leave the film in it for a further three to four minutes. Turn the lights back on, rinse the film in cool water and leave out to dry.

 

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