Hi all, Came up with another question while I was trying to figure out what else was going on with my goat's milk batch, hope you don't mind me stopping by again. I noticed that when I added the lye to the goat's milk and water mixture (I put in a 5 oz frozen chunk of condensed/canned goat's milk in 5 oz of chilled water and added the lye) it turned a disturbingly bright shade of orange and began to stink like ammonia. I have read that the ammonia smell is normal but some people were indicating that it turning orange could mean it scorched. I kept an eye on it with my infrared thermometer and the mixture (apparently) never went over 130 degrees. That seems a bit low for it to have scorched? Just curious about it. One more thing, I was doing this all out in my garage (cold this time of year, and hubby doesn't like me soaping in the house ), mixed the lye/goats milk/water together very well and left for a few minutes to go get my mixed oils from the kitchen. When I got back out to the garage and was going to mix the two together, to my surprise the lye/milk/water had turned to the consistency of thick custard. I had to scoop it into the oils. After stick blending it, it all seems to have incorporated together OK but it was a bit worrying at first. I'm assuming that's normal as well? (maybe a byproduct of the cold and the milk base?) I took it out of the molds after freezing it then let it sit on a flat surface, it stinks... like a combination between a wet dog and rotten eggs! I'll try not to worry about it too much right now but I hope that's just a byproduct that will go away. This goat's milk stuff is turning into quite a saga but I hope the end product will be worth it. Thank you all! I have learned so much from this forum. I don't know what I'd do without it.