My first volcano!

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  1. Nov 4, 2019 #21

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    Experiences like that only reinforce my belief in using thermometers, be it an infrared or a digital one with a probe. I've only had a lye volcano due to the beer I used. I had reduced that sucker for about 30 or longer too. I was lucky I was outside when I mixed it.
     
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    I usually have beeswax (2-3%) in my soaps too and find it a bit tricky to find the right temp -- you can't let it cool too much because the wax starts to solidify. I have escaped the volcano so far, but I can totally see it happening one day :| .
     
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    I've never rebatched before. Not sure how to do it. I guess I could research it.
     
  4. Nov 4, 2019 #24

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    But would it be DOS this early on?
     
  5. Nov 5, 2019 #25

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    Well, I've never had DOS in the past, so I don't really know what they look like or what they mean.
     
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    When I don't have masterbatched lye solution ready, I put the container (don't use glass) with newly mixed lye solution into a cold water bath as soon as I'm sure the lye is completely dissolved. I can cool it down pretty quickly that way.
     
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    Do you have a pictrure?
     
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    Yes, I have a container with my master batch, I started that this last year after realizing that it’s just easier to have a few gallons of lye solution laying around, in a safe, secure place and labeled, instead of being impatient. (I’m slow on the uptake) I have actually done some swirls with soap that look ok. Haven’t had a problem with plopping my soap into a mold from temperature issues since.
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    I love master batching my lyes.
     
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    Was this soap just made? Impossible for DOS to appear that quickly if it is. Something else is going on. perhaps from overheating?
     
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    Yes, the soap was just unmolded. It's probably just over heating.
     
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    Should this ever happen again, just turn it into hot process soap.
     
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    Likely to hot, I got a temperature gun on amazon for like $8 and it's been a great tool for taking temps of lye and oils. As for the ruined batch, just chop it up and remelt it, stirring it frequently and then once it's glossy like vaseline just pour it back in the mold. It should rebatch fine.
     
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