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Old 09-07-2012, 11:58 PM   #41
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I'm in the middle of making my first batch right now! Yay. Just achieved trace. Bonus: it smells like ... soap!

I decided to go crazy and do hot process using this method. It seems to be the same as cold process, except after "trace" you cook it in a crock pot for half an hour. The soap gels. You stir. Then you add your fragrance & colors, and stick it in the molds as above. It cures for a week or two, and is ready.

Anyway, that's the theory. It's cooking in the crock pot as I write. Soap, y'all!

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Old 09-08-2012, 06:22 PM   #42
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Huh. Hops flower essential oil is a thing.

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Yooper, I'm a little concerned that as a guy, I'm now making soap. I'm telling myself it's so I know how to do it when the zombies attack. Yeah, that makes it more manly...right? Anyway, I just made a small batch tonight to see what it's all about. 40% olive oil, 30% coconut oil, 30% lard with 7% superfat made all the numbers hit in the recommended range on the soapcalc thingy. I was trying to do it by hand but gave up after a while and pulled out the immersion blender. That got it to trace super fast although I accidentally whipped some air in there. I wanted to ask about the "gelling" stage though. I'm not messing around with doing that this time because it's optional, right? What does it do, make the end product clear instead of opaque? Or is it a texture thing?

PS. Please don't post a thread about flower arranging or any similar unmanly thing I'd rather not be talked into doing.

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Hmmm, porter soap? Stout soap? I love it! Does any character from the beer come through the soap?

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Old 09-10-2012, 02:41 AM   #45
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Yooper, I'm a little concerned that as a guy, I'm now making soap. I'm telling myself it's so I know how to do it when the zombies attack. Yeah, that makes it more manly...right?
PS. Please don't post a thread about flower arranging or any similar unmanly thing I'd rather not be talked into doing.

Ok, so you're a guy who is now making soap. How the heck do you think it feels to be a chick who makes beer?!? People have asked me if I'm: a. An alcoholic or b. a dyke. Since both terms are offensive to me, how do I answer that? Well, yes. You know me. I say, "I'm an alcoholic dyke, thanks for noticing".

Tomorrow's class is on body butter, cuticle cream and hand salve. Stay tuned!

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Anyway, I just made a small batch tonight to see what it's all about. 40% olive oil, 30% coconut oil, 30% lard with 7% superfat made all the numbers hit in the recommended range on the soapcalc thingy. I was trying to do it by hand but gave up after a while and pulled out the immersion blender. That got it to trace super fast although I accidentally whipped some air in there. I wanted to ask about the "gelling" stage though. I'm not messing around with doing that this time because it's optional, right? What does it do, make the end product clear instead of opaque? Or is it a texture thing?
Gelling is optional, but may happen anyway if you don't prevent it. It is simply the soap heating more and saponification finishes up. No worries either way! It's not even a texture thing in the end, as the soaps are the same. A gelled soap may look less opaque, but that's about it. You don't want "partial gel", which is when part of the soap gels and part doesn't (the inside is hotter). It's not an issue either, just an appearance thing.

An immersion blender does bring trace fast- but it beats stirring for an hour or more with an olive oil soap! Air isn't good, you may notice some bubbles in the soap. A good thing to do is to tap the mold on the counter to "settle" the soap and knock out any air or air pockets.
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I'm in the middle of making my first batch right now! Yay. Just achieved trace. Bonus: it smells like ... soap!

I decided to go crazy and do hot process using this method. It seems to be the same as cold process, except after "trace" you cook it in a crock pot for half an hour. The soap gels. You stir. Then you add your fragrance & colors, and stick it in the molds as above. It cures for a week or two, and is ready.

Anyway, that's the theory. It's cooking in the crock pot as I write. Soap, y'all!
Pictures, please!
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Quick test:

Say "Soapmaking."

Does it sound like "soapmaking?"

Or does it sound like "thoapmaking?"

If it sounds like soapmaking, then nothing to worry about. If it sounds like thoapmaking, then you may as well start picking some flowers now.

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But you have to admit, for soapmaking skill, nothing beats an alcoholic lesbian ikebana artist with a sibilant S speech impediment.

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Here are pics!

First pic: Two batches, one with manteca (the light colored corn-muffin looking ones) and one without (the squares). I didn't use color in either of the batches. You can see the vegetarian batch is a little darker at this point.

Second pic: A close up of the vegetarian batch square. It looks like cheese. Do not eat.

Third pic: The scraps from both batches were re-milled and the resulting loaf shown here.

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