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    Quick and easy round soap mold

    Badger, Thanks for the tip! I HP my soap and brine it out, then rebatch the pure stuff with any additives. At this point, the soap is very thick compared to a CP at trace, so I have to be meaner to it :D I was thinking of making an end cap like your freezer paper, but out of a two inch disk of...
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    Quick and easy round soap mold

    before I found the dowel, I was going to use another, smaller slip cap that fit inside the outer tube, and just push it with a broomstick or something. It was going to be a little snug so I planned on sanding it down a little, but then I found the dowel. You may even be able to take a two inch...
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    Quick and easy round soap mold

    Went to the hardware store today and picked up a two foot section of 2" pvc pipe and a matching slip cap. Also picked up a four foot 2" wooden dowel. Rebatched some soap crumbles (ok i grated up some other soap too just for volume) and scooped the mess into the capped tube. After a few whacks...
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    Hot Process_Flaking Skin

    Obviously everyone's mileage varies, but I've been using my HP soaps the day after I make them and haven't had any dryness issues. I make my soap with pure animal fats though, not sure if that makes a big difference. I also make my soap at a fat discount and do not superfat at any point. I've...
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    Brining out bacon soap

    for sure. I ended up refrigerating the liquid, and the top layer solidified like fat. I scooped it out and used it in my latest batch of soap, and it seems to have been soaked up one way or another. The mystery may not have been conclusively solved, but it has disappeared!
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    Brining out bacon soap

    sistrum, thanks so much for the information! I got my method from a book from the 1800s, and there wasn't much detail about salinities or anything like that. They mostly talked about "boiling on strength" and other archaic terms. I did recognize that the pot liquor would be caustic due to...
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    Brining out bacon soap

    I don't do it *to* separate out the glycerin, I just keep the liquid on hand in case I want to separate it out later. Waste not want not, after all! I brine the soap because I'm too lazy to thoroughly clean the bacon grease first, and this method pulls out all the impurities. The bars are...
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    Brining out bacon soap

    I take bacon grease from the kitchen where I work and use the crock pot hot process method to turn it into soap. I work at a fat discount to ensure complete saponification. I will generally start a batch in the morning, let it boil for a while, turn off the heat, and then bring it back to a...
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