First Soap Advice

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  1. Jun 13, 2018 #41

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    So everything went smoothly except for so many tiny bubbles, I tipped and tapped the blender yet still got them. I searched the internet and found this
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    where a woman explains the need to drill holes into the top of the bell on stick blenders with slots like mine saying air still gets trapped underneath, oh well there will be more batches in the near future I've got a source for a bunch of free tallow ill be getting into soon
     
  2. Jun 13, 2018 #42

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    Havent watched the video but my stick blender looks exactly like that and I don't have any problems.

    You can tap your mould down on the counter after pouring too to help remove bubbles.
     
  3. Jun 13, 2018 #43

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    As I'm reading more about it, I may have been too vigorous with the blender or I need a new one due to the bell size/shape also the one I have is maybe too strong it was creating vortices and suctioning to the bottom even on lowest of 3 settings, I did bang the mold but it didn't help much.
     
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    Check the BLADE.
    I have 2 blenders, I switched out for my Extra when I was going 2 batches. I got bubbles, no matter how much I tilted and banged.
    Turns out it is the attachment, most likely the blade got slightly bent and that is what the issue it.

    I now just wipe off the attachment between batches
     
  5. Jun 13, 2018 #45

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    Re: the stick blender...

    I suspect you didn't have enough liquid in the bowl to submerge the SB enough to stop it pulling new air down into the bell. Or if you did, you let vortexes form like mini tornados to pull air down.

    You have to use enough liquid (or a bowl small enough) to cover the top of the bell by about half an inch to have a chance. Even with that, though, I usually have to use a spoon to disrupt the flow pattern while the SB is running. Or use short pulses to stop the vortexes from forming in the first place.

    Also, never EVER drill holes in the top of the bell. That's a recipe for a soap-batter fountain.
     
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    I will check that blade for any deformities when I get home later. I'm thinking it's due to what brewer George is talking about though, the liquid was just about 1/2" or so above the bell, I was ready to get out some time snips and trim the bottom off :)) but I'm going to make a larger batch today or tomorrow and try to go slower, it wasn't tracing right away like I see in a lot of videos so I blended more than I probably should have too and when I stopped for a minute to see if it would separate it went from slight trace to a thick pudding really quick
     
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    Also instead of a larger batch, just find a smaller and taller mixing bowl. If it is a tiny batch, use a tall plastic cup. The kind that come with some SB'ers
     
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    ^^^ this. The best soaping containers are those that give you a deeper rather than wider batter, but still with some room from the top of the batter to the top of the container. I have some stainless steel jugs which would give me that with a tiny batch. But you can mix in plastic just as well, and I think that plastic containers are easier to get in various shapes
     
  9. Jun 17, 2018 at 11:32 AM #49

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    sorry for disturbance but why its preferable to reduce the amount of olive oil to 1/3 the recipe????????
     
  10. Jun 17, 2018 at 1:08 PM #50

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    I'll jump in with my opinion. A lot of folks don't like heavy olive oil recipes since they can feel slimy (all that Oleic acid). When I go above 30% with olive oil, I tack on an additional month of cure time for each 10% increase (roughly) to help keep the stringy/sliminess at bay. The only time I do that is on a vegetarian, palm-free recipe with a lot of butters to up the stearic.

    It's a personal preference thing though.
     
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    Agreed.
     
  12. Jun 21, 2018 at 1:23 AM #52

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    Hello so I un-molded and cut my soap today and a few concerns, it's still zappy which I've read is normal and can take longer if you don't gel. There was a fairly thick layer of soda ash on top that was crumbly and the sides were a little crumbly which I trimmed and the soap was still very soft and kind of looks like it's in the gel phase, I put it in the fridge for 2 days which is set to as cold as can go without freezing anything. Any ideas why it turned out like that and will it improve or do I need to do something to it

    Exact recipe was:
    Water 438g
    Lye 194g
    Oils 1,325g
     
  13. Jun 21, 2018 at 1:45 AM #53

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    If you dont have a lid I recommend saran or other plastic wrap. HP loses moisture as it cooks and can get dried out without a lid.
     
  14. Jun 21, 2018 at 1:50 AM #54

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    I did originally plan to do hp but ended up going cold process
     

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