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Old 09-26-2017, 05:06 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by soapmaker View Post
You must have a lot of patience. Also a lot of room. I use SL, unmold in 12-15 hrs. and cut right away. Then I get everything out of the way so I can make more!
I only make 1 or 2 loaves twice a month, so they really don't take up too much room! My soap SUPPLIES, on the other hand...

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Old 09-26-2017, 06:17 PM   #12
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I do gel, do not use SL or salt, and I unmold and cut usually before 18 hours has passed. If my soap is firm enough to handle gently, I turn it over and pull the freezer paper off at about 12 hours, then cut as soon as I can't dent it easily.

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Like the others have said- it depends on the recipe, water amount, and whether or not you gel. I use a water discount, encourage full gel and can unmold, cut and bevel all within the time span of 6 - 24 hours (depending on which recipe I'm using).

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Old 09-26-2017, 07:40 PM   #14
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Another vote for "it depends" on several factors.

I cut within 18-24 hours, but could probably cut earlier, but with a FT job, that's when I can get around to it.

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