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chlobue

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Can somebody tell me what this means. Does it mean water as % of oils, like soap calc says????????????
 
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This calculates water based on lye, not oils. Calculating water to produce the desired solution strength.

When you use less water you soap gets hard faster, soap is ready to use sooner vrs. weeks (discount water cold process) and the bars shrink less.

When I say solution strength meaning the precentage of lye in lye water.

I use 38 - 40% lye solution.
But if its a tricky Fragrance, I go to about 35%
 

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A 33% lye solution is 2 parts liquids (water) to 1 part sodium hydroxide (lye). Like Smelli says, a stronger concentration means less water to evaporate. The default setting on SoapCalc is at @28% lye strength. The "38" default setting refers to 38% of oils weight to water usage, which is about a 28% solution strength. Hope I have not confused more. :?

Paul
 

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