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Balloons

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It has been a few months since I have had time to soap. I was planning on giving CP soap for Christmas gift but I ran out of time. I figured I would try to HP soap today. My soap has been in the crockpot forever and it still seems to be zapping. Is something wrong with my recipe that I am missing? Thanks for your help.

6 oz castor oil
20 oz coconut oil
15 oz cottonseed oil
36 oz shortening
29.26 oz distiller water
11.01 oz lye

I ran it through the soap calc and I thought it was fine. I can't figure out why it's zapping me
 

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I checked out your recipe, and all looks to be fine to me. :thumbup: [edited to add that the linoleic is very high- 30%- you may want to watch out for DOS]

How long has it been cooking, and at what temp? For comparison sake, I cook mine in my oven at 170F-180F and it's usually zapless within an hour or 2 at the most.

How accurate is your scale, and how big is your batch?


IrishLass :)
 

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What brand of shortening are you using? Any chance you forgot a oil or mis-measured something?
 

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It's been in the crockpot for at least 2 to 2 1/5 hours. Nothing is wrong with my scale. I'm using Walmart shortening.
If I mold it now and cut it later do you think the zapping will go away in time for Christmas?
 

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I don't want to burst your balloon, Balloons, but HP needs as much of a cure as CP. A HP batch today would be ready for Christmas day, though, based on your recipe. It's usually 5-6 weeks instead of 4.
 

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You're not bursting my bubble! Glad to know this. The videos I have watched said it could be used that day or let it cure for a week. I guess I will be trying to bust out several batches of HP soap today. Thanks for your help!!!
 

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You still have time to make CP if you get it done within the next couple days. I still have to make some of mine, as long as it has 4 weeks to cure it will be fine.

I wouldn't mold zappy HP, I would start to add small amount of a liquid oil until it stops zapping. A teaspoon at a time is a good place to start.
 

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Ok....not molding it. I just added a small amount of liquid oil. I am gonna have to set my crockpot on warm because I have to leave the house. I needed to be somewhere over an hour ago. Hubby is gonna keep an eye on it for me so it doesn't burn.
 

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Balloons, i'd go with Obsidians post. If mine still zaps I do the same, add 1tsp of oil, stirred in really well, then retest in a few minutes to see if it's worked. I'll add another tsp at a time if it hasn't worked, but so far have never gone beyond 2tsp. I wouldn't leave it still cooking. Even my castille batches only take 45mins to an hour to cook. Good luck!
 
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