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    can bacteria survive lye water?

    rain is theoretically distilled water, it's just falling through air that is riddled with pollutants from car exhaust, factories, general smog ect. I dunno the PH of rain in a big city, but something tells me it's probably acidic too. I'd say if you took rainwater from distilled water (in a...
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    Soap Planer?

    I also have that one- def. never looked at a spoon or potato peeler again. it's just so much faster
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    Finally experienced false trace, and ended up with white spots.

    sounds like the perfect opportunity to try my hand at HP finally....
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    Finally experienced false trace, and ended up with white spots.

    sorry I worded my first post ambiguously. I meant when pouring my lye into my oils as well. I didn't mean to make it sound like it thickened when pouring the batter into the mold. It thickened immediately when the lye hit the oils too. Fragrance free, but I am using a wire cutter. But those...
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    Finally experienced false trace, and ended up with white spots.

    thanks for the reply! I just wish I didn't have to make 1kg of ugly soap to learn the lesson AGAIN that temperatures matter :p if those blobs of soap are actually just soap, but very ugly, I guess I have more soap for myself, nobody can see these. at least it won't be wasted. I'm not sure I...
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    Finally experienced false trace, and ended up with white spots.

    Are these stearic spots? or just pure cocoa butter? I got way too comfortable soaping with lard and liquid oils, I stopped checking my lye water temps... Got sloppy with a 20% cocoa butter recipe, and I finally experienced false trace. Started getting clumpy right as I poured, never got fully...
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    Best Soap Cutter 🤔

    I think it's important that we get pure stainless guitar strings, not the nickel plated ones! I think :P
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    Best Soap Cutter 🤔

    what three cutters did you buy,if you don't mind me asking? so i know what NOT to get? :P
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    Found this "plant fat" brick in my supermarket... Palm oil and Canola mix.... but no idea what %

    I don't even know what to say :0 Thank you so much!! You always have an answer to the questions I have!! It has helped me so much. I really can't thank you enough. Aldi man... I really love this store. It really sounds promising, this plant fat block. I'm on a budget :P It's almost a curse...
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    Found this "plant fat" brick in my supermarket... Palm oil and Canola mix.... but no idea what %

    Three ingredients.... Palm oil, Canola (rapeseed) oil, and air... . but they don't have any ratio... but something tells me this would make some good soap. How would you all work with this, in regards to a lye calculator? short of contacting the company and asking them their recipe :P
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    Cheap, generic micas: accounting for morphing/fading

    This is what I got: https://www.amazon.de/MOSUO-Epoxidharz-Seifenfarbe-Schimmern-Farbpulver/dp/B07PM5F98H/ Has anyone had any experience with cheap generic micas like this? Does anyone have any suggestion on the best way I should use this? 1:1 still holds, and hope for the best? :P
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    Maxing out Rapeseed oil %

    I'm gonna toss em for sure, I just wanted to fine tune my recipe... a soap w DOS, I just want to make sure that after adding chelators/antioxidants, it will behave like the DOSSY soap did...
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    Maxing out Rapeseed oil %

    here's what my rapeseed experiments look like after one month of curing... most have DOS throughout... some actually turned Fully orange? (3+4 row from bottom). Some concentrated near the stamp only (2nd to last and last row) DOS didn't seem to develop at all on the ones that I added coffee...
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    Yellow spots appearing on soap

    I too had my first cases of DOS recently, and it's quite demoralizing :P you ain't alone!
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    another ROE and DOS thread

    oops please delete
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    another ROE and DOS thread

    That makes sense, with castille soaps, to add roe prior to the oil storage... But then, that's getting half the amount of the recommended ROE that K. Dunn reommends? Without knowing what I'm getting, no more than .5 grams was recommended @ mixing prior to storage, but 1 gram to fats was...
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    another ROE and DOS thread

    Hello Everyone, So my canola/rapeseed experiments went as expected: orange spots in under a month, in everything over 50%. I don't have high hopes, but the verdict is still out on the sub 50%. Either way, I've also concluded that antioxidants/chelators, as many of you have already recommended...
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    What would you do with this disaster? (100% canola) Still soft and ugly after 48 hours.

    I wish I would have read this before I hit the road, I maybe would have Cpoped it, and it would have been cut and looked better. But It was moot anyway, I got DOS in 3 weeks. :p but I know for next time!! PS: I am also a HUGEEE squirrel fan :))
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    What would you do with this disaster? (100% canola) Still soft and ugly after 48 hours.

    It was pretty hard when I got home, but I managed to cut through it, but it wasn't easy :p It looked pretty rough. So I had to see DOS for myself, and I did. It took 3 weeks, it was poured on May 20 :/ DOS being a real threat, you weren't kidding. Less than 1 month! My first time seeing it...
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    What would you do with this disaster? (100% canola) Still soft and ugly after 48 hours.

    0% SF, 37% lye concentraion,plain water, plain canola, salt @ 1tsp PPO, I didn't use my thermometer, but it was hot. Setting 1 on my hob melts my oils, and I've been pouring in the lye solution when it's.... hot. I don't know. thermometer is next on the buy list lol. A milk carton.... I...
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