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  1. BrewerGeorge

    Would you use this?

    Anything with real citrus will make your curing room smell absolutely amazing, and be almost totally gone by the time the soap is ready to use.
  2. BrewerGeorge

    Safflower and polynsaturated oils

    I think you'd have to search to find low-oleic safflower. It's a matter of seed variety and HO is more commonly grown. Luckily, you can tell by looking at the nutrition information label.
  3. BrewerGeorge

    Fish oil soap?

    The vomit smell with butter is butyric acid, not rancidity. The freshest butter will still smell that way.
  4. BrewerGeorge

    I'm Back!

    Oh Mama is in for a rude awakening when she's the only one to solve all the Terrible Two problems. Thanks, Everyone.
  5. BrewerGeorge

    I'm Back!

    Two years ago we moved my pregnant daughter into our home from an unstable situation. Her stuff filled my garage workspace and the new grand baby has filled our time (and hearts) since. Well, Mama and baby girl are moving to their own apartment at the end of May. The withdrawal won't be too bad...
  6. BrewerGeorge

    Q on foaming bottles and LS

    I just put a couple tablespoons of paste in an old BBW bottle and filled with hot water. Now that I've shaken it to dissolve the late, I'm about to try it. Based on how it looks, I bet it's about twice as soapy as it should be. ETA: Nope it worked. Cloudy, but it smells good and isn't drying...
  7. BrewerGeorge

    Hand Sanitizer

    Howdy Folks! Anybody tried a bit of corn starch or arrowroot as a thickener?
  8. BrewerGeorge

    Customer Return Request - WWYD

    I work in the electronics repair industry. It's not at all uncommon for us to receive returns of printers from entirely different manufacturers. Once, we got back a Nikon camera in a printer box. As for the OP question, I would change my policy to All Sales Final. Assuming you sell only...
  9. BrewerGeorge

    Making CP soap with Soda Pop

    Most soda is pretty acidic. It will probably increase your superfat a decent amount.
  10. BrewerGeorge

    Time Saving Techniques Requested

    The math is a lot easier when it's 50%. All you have to do is switch the calculated amounts so calculated "water" is your masterbatch amount and calculated "lye" is your additional water. It's also 50% smaller to store.
  11. BrewerGeorge

    HP soapers.....a question for you

    You're on the right track. I haven't tried this where the exact amount was important; I've just used it to make Berlinner Weisse a few times. This too. I love this stuff. I dilute it to typical acetic pickling strength and use it to make fake fermented pickles. You get that soft lactic...
  12. BrewerGeorge

    First Ever Cold Process Soap

    I would generally agree, but there is a particular bright yellow color that I have seen several times with unsap'd soaps in silicone and that first pic matches it pretty closely. Now that we know it's just bad lighting....
  13. BrewerGeorge

    First Ever Cold Process Soap

    That looks WAY better. Has it changed from the first pic to this one? How much time passed between the two pics? Or is the first one just THAT far out of whack for color?
  14. BrewerGeorge

    First Ever Cold Process Soap

    If you're interested, try posting another pic of one of the bars on a sheet of white printer paper for comparison.
  15. BrewerGeorge

    First Ever Cold Process Soap

    Individual silicone molds are hard to gel because they don't have enough mass to "work together" so their own heat can help them gel. With CPOP (using the oven) they are likely to get silicone blisters. I personally just don't bother trying to gel the individual ones. Soap doesn't need to gel...
  16. BrewerGeorge

    First Ever Cold Process Soap

    Judging by that bright yellow color, that soap is nowhere near finished saponifying. That is, assuming you didn't add a colorant that you didn't mention. Where they done in silicone molds? Individual silicone molds like that rarely gel, IME, without some extra help. Sometimes they seem to...
  17. BrewerGeorge

    Lard & Tallow soaps

    IIRC, I think the "cleaning" number in the calculators is just the sum of the lauric and myristic numbers.
  18. BrewerGeorge

    Time Saving Techniques Requested

    Very much this. Honestly, if your mater batch is stored at room temperature, the additional heat from adding more water isn't enough to get the lye to soaping temps.
  19. BrewerGeorge

    Palm-free and vegan?

    It depends how refined it is and how many unsaponifiables it has. You'll just have to experiment with your supplier.
  20. BrewerGeorge

    HP soapers.....a question for you

    FWIW, you can buy a Lactobacillus culture from a brewing store online and inoculate just about anything you want that has sugar to create your own non-dairy lactic acid. Or alternatively you could take a culture from naturally fermented sauerkraut or pickles and do the same thing.