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Re: Fossicking thread

Postby davo » 12 Oct 2017, 22:35

Convict made bottles are a bottle chasers dream. the oldest history in Australia is Parramatta.
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Re: Fossicking thread

Postby HBS Guy » 12 Oct 2017, 22:36

Hobart was second settlement, George Town the third. Mr Hammer reckoned there were spruce bottles still to be found in the Tamar at low tide.
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Re: Fossicking thread

Postby davo » 12 Oct 2017, 22:45

HBS Guy wrote:Hobart was second settlement, George Town the third. Mr Hammer reckoned there were spruce bottles still to be found in the Tamar at low tide.

Wow some great finds there
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Re: Fossicking thread

Postby HBS Guy » 12 Oct 2017, 22:50

Well, hope to do some fossicking.

If you are interested in gemstones Lefty is a fossicker and “specker” and lapidary—cuts and polishes stones especially sapphires and amethyst.
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Re: Fossicking thread

Postby HBS Guy » 13 Oct 2017, 20:28

Just won this:

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An antique Yixing “purple sand” teapot.
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Re: Fossicking thread

Postby Aussie » 13 Oct 2017, 20:30

Where are you gonna put all this stuff?

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Re: Fossicking thread

Postby davo » 13 Oct 2017, 20:40

I am no expert but that looks awful :OMG
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Re: Fossicking thread

Postby HBS Guy » 13 Oct 2017, 20:52

1. Display cases

2. No, it is a tad on the bric a brac side but it is an antique “purple sand” tea pot.
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Re: Fossicking thread

Postby davo » 13 Oct 2017, 20:58

How old is it and what does ' purple sand ' mean?
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Re: Fossicking thread

Postby HBS Guy » 13 Oct 2017, 21:03

It is the color of the clay where they make Yixing pottery.

It is 80 years old or so.

I have a small (plain this time) red Yixing teapot on the way and wanted a purple one, the one above presented itself and I nabbed it.

I will actually use it a few times, white tea.

Nothing like drinking Coopers Sparkling Ale out a 200+ year old Georgian rummer.
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Re: Fossicking thread

Postby davo » 13 Oct 2017, 21:13

You have lost me again Monk how have missed the pleasure of an ice cold VB?
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Re: Fossicking thread

Postby HBS Guy » 13 Oct 2017, 21:14

VB? No, too much sugar in the brew! Homebrewers tend to move to more bitter beers as they pursue the craft of homebrewing. I have not brewed for far too long: arthritis. In Tassie I will set up a half size set up. (a 30L stockpot instead of a 50L one)

This is a more normal Yixing teapot:

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Re: Fossicking thread

Postby davo » 13 Oct 2017, 21:22

HBS Guy wrote:VB? No, too much sugar in the brew! Homebrewers tend to move to more bitter beers as they pursue the craft of homebrewing. I have not brewed for far too long: arthritis. In Tassie I will set up a half size set up. (a 30L stockpot instead of a 50L one)

This is a more normal Yixing teapot:

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Nice piece what do you mean by too much sugar VB has only a slighty higher alchohol content than most'
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Re: Fossicking thread

Postby HBS Guy » 13 Oct 2017, 21:29

More sugar less malt.

Even my Sparkling Ale has 17% sugar and is 5.8%abv

I would brew a 5.8% ale with no sugar but I like them malty and fullbodied.

Coopers have a new beer out called “Session Ale” and should be nice summer drinking.
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Re: Fossicking thread

Postby davo » 13 Oct 2017, 21:36

HBS Guy wrote:More sugar less malt.

Even my Sparkling Ale has 17% sugar and is 5.8%abv

I would brew a 5.8% ale with no sugar but I like them malty and fullbodied.

Coopers have a new beer out, be nice summer drinking.

Ah I see my dad was a homebrewer i remember him making the odd batch with less sugar using a swingtop Grolsch bottle.
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Re: Fossicking thread

Postby HBS Guy » 13 Oct 2017, 21:41

Yeah. I used to sell all that stuff for a living.
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Re: Fossicking thread

Postby Aussie » 13 Oct 2017, 21:44

davo wrote:You have lost me again Monk how have missed the pleasure of an ice cold VB?


It's soapy water.....but....it's what I drink.
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Re: Fossicking thread

Postby davo » 13 Oct 2017, 21:47

HBS Guy wrote:Yeah. I used to sell all that stuff for a living.

Yeah I used to read your thread on Ozpol
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Re: Fossicking thread

Postby HBS Guy » 13 Oct 2017, 21:49

Give the Coopers Session Ale a go, think might be a bit lighter and should have a nice clean citrusy–spicy flavor/aroma, refreshing. A cleansing ale.
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Re: Fossicking thread

Postby davo » 13 Oct 2017, 21:54

HBS Guy wrote:Give the Coopers Session Ale a go, think might be a bit lighter and should have a nice clean citrusy–spicy flavor/aroma, refreshing. A cleansing ale.

Will do have a Dan Murphys here will try a 6pack
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Re: Fossicking thread

Postby HBS Guy » 13 Oct 2017, 21:57

I drink wine, I drink a little bit of spirit mainly St Agnes brandy and Bombay gin, but my passion in beverage is beer, preferably ale.

I have a yen to brew historical styles, India Pale Ale, Russian Imperial Stout, Scotch Ale esp the 120/- and 140/-.

The 120 etc shillings were the excise payable on a barrel of beer. The prices and excise stayed constant for a century or thereabout and the excise amount became the name of the beer! I love history too. And liking history led to collecting antiques.
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Re: Fossicking thread

Postby davo » 13 Oct 2017, 22:01

HBS Guy wrote:I drink wine, I drink a little bit of spirit mainly St Agnes brandy and Bombay gin, but my passion in beverage is beer, preferably ale.

I have a yen to brew historical styles, India Pale Ale, Russian Imperial Stout, Scotch Ale esp the 120/- and 140/-.

The 120 etc shillings were the excise payable on a barrel of beer. The prices and excise stayed constant for a century or thereabout and the excise amount became the name of the beer! I love history too. And liking history led to collecting antiques.

Nah not a fan of wine the little I have had I find white very bitter red are smoother
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Re: Fossicking thread

Postby HBS Guy » 13 Oct 2017, 22:11

You find whites bitter? To me they are tart, acid (=dry) with red wines having more tannins and so more mouthfeel and bigger flavor.
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Re: Fossicking thread

Postby HBS Guy » 14 Oct 2017, 00:31

I bet mothra thinks my new teapot is hideous too :roll :bgrin
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Re: Fossicking thread

Postby HBS Guy » 17 Oct 2017, 09:48

Just won this paying a heck of a lot:

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Very early Worcester soft paste porcelain creamer, milk jug. Tiny chip on the spout (people holding the spout too close to the bloody cup!) otherwise perfect. This will be the highlight, the centrepiece of my collection!

Look at this:
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Shows that light passing through the porcelain sides acquires a green tint. This shows it is early, the formula for the porcelain got changed about 12 years after the Worcester factory was started and light passing through the porcelain did not acquire any tint. I have a coffee mug, royal lily pattern, has the green tint. Also has a dirty big crack :bgrin but it also only cost me $25—shop owner doesn’t know Worcester too well. :purple :yellow :purple
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