Aug. 22nd, 2009

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Doug and I went to the markets today and discovered an awesome company called Rewine. Like Swords, you bring your bottle back and get a discount. Unlike Swords, who take the bottle and commercially wash it, refill it and reseal it, Rewine just fills up our clean, empty bottle from enormous wooden barrels of wine in front of your eyes in the market. Everything is on taste, so you can sample before you buy. They have at least one organic red and one organic white on tap at any one time. We bought a (non-organic) tokay and a red.

That's not the science bit though. My lovely second cousin Jo bought us gorgeous silver port goblets as a wedding present. They've tarnished somewhat and we wanted to bring them out to sample the tokay. We don't have any silver polish. Doug used his mad google skillz and found a recipe on the interwebs for removing silver tarnish. Take equal parts bicarb soda (I believe you Americans call this baking soda) and salt, and pour into steaming hot water. Lie one sheet of aluminium foil in the basin and set the silver items onto the foil. Leave for up to five minutes. The tarnish will simply slough off. We lifted the goblets out and wiped them with a soft cloth and they're as shiny as new. There's a slighty odd-smelling gas that's given off as you do it.

We chatted about what the chemical reaction is for a while but we really don't remember enough to work out what's going on here.
ETA: found it! )

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