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*Finally* I have achieve a cream-colored goat milk soap. Didn't burn the lactose at all, for now at least. It only took me 2 hours to accomplish :rolleyes: but I couldn't be happier with the way it looks.

I mixed they lye and milk in an ice batch this time. Mixed 71* lye with 80* oils and brought to thick trace. Poured in mold. 2 hrs later I went in to check it and my silicone-lined, wood mold was warm to the touch! I checked it with my laser thermometer and the temp was 88*! I rushed it into the cold garage where it stayed, solidifying, over night.

I don't plan to cut into it until tomorrow but I was wondering if I can cure my soap in the fridge. Pros? Cons? I want it to stay cool so it doesn't heat up and burn again. I need this soap to stay light! How can I prevent the darkening?

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Once the saponification has finished, you can cure it as usual. But certainly keep it cool for day or so to help to stop it from heating up again or that hard work is gone!
 

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Be careful in taking it out of the cold too soon. It could still do a partial gel. I now put my milk or cream soaps in the freezer and leave them there for at least three days.
 

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Hello!

*Finally* I have achieve a cream-colored goat milk soap. Didn't burn the lactose at all, for now at least. It only took me 2 hours to accomplish :rolleyes: but I couldn't be happier with the way it looks.

I mixed they lye and milk in an ice batch this time. Mixed 71* lye with 80* oils and brought to thick trace. Poured in mold. 2 hrs later I went in to check it and my silicone-lined, wood mold was warm to the touch! I checked it with my laser thermometer and the temp was 88*! I rushed it into the cold garage where it stayed, solidifying, over night.

I don't plan to cut into it until tomorrow but I was wondering if I can cure my soap in the fridge. Pros? Cons? I want it to stay cool so it doesn't heat up and burn again. I need this soap to stay light! How can I prevent the darkening?

Thank you
You can use the split method and goats milk won't discolour the soap batter.
 
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Thanks for the replies and freezer tip. I definitely unmolded mine too soon and proceeded to cut it. The slices don't look that great but I think it will pass as some kinda "rustic" look. I'll most likely end up giving it away to friends and family anyway.
It is day 2 for my soap and it has the consistency of fudge. How long do you think it needs to cure? I will do the zap test in a few weeks but I'd like to have some insight

Also, I need a wire cutter and some new molds. Most of my molds are a little too wide for my liking. Any tips as to where I can get a wire soap cutter? Sorta on a budget...
 

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Thanks for the replies and freezer tip. I definitely unmolded mine too soon and proceeded to cut it. The slices don't look that great but I think it will pass as some kinda "rustic" look. I'll most likely end up giving it away to friends and family anyway.
It is day 2 for my soap and it has the consistency of fudge. How long do you think it needs to cure? I will do the zap test in a few weeks but I'd like to have some insight

Also, I need a wire cutter and some new molds. Most of my molds are a little too wide for my liking. Any tips as to where I can get a wire soap cutter? Sorta on a budget...
I bought Bud Cutter via eBay. I'm very happy with how well constructed it is and it works very well. There are others available from a variety of different suppliers.
 
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