Good intel thank you! Hoping to try my ZCS today (day off) but got waylaid when my car didn’t pass inspection. Sigh. Always something never nothing.Some of my soaps can be cut the same day that I poured them. It really depends on the ingredients and if you gell your soap.
I bring my soap temperature up to about 150°F and I use sodium lactate and depending on the behavior of my FO I can cut some batches the same day. It is usually 14 - 18 hours later and if I pour the soap around 9am.
I force gell my soap with heating pads and towels wrapped around the soap mold. I have developed a recipe that allows me to get the soap up to 160°F without it going volcano, braining or separating.
However the FO plays a critical role and I have eliminated any FO that generates heat, quick acceleration or any other undesirable trait.
Having said that, it does not always mean that I can cut it the same day.