dubnica said:I ran you recipe through soapcalc and your liquid (BUTTERMILK) is rrally low- only 27%. Did you add any water at all to dissolve the lye?
Hmmm - the liquid amount does not look low to me. It is a 33.8% lye solution which is fine. A little concentrated, perhaps, for a beginner but with a recipe that is about half olive oil it should be absolutely fine.
I've found that working with water (or whatever) as a percentage of oils is not meaningful. Instead I work with the lye solution concentration.
For beginners, a of 28% or so is typically recommended, but when you work with recipes high in olive oil, lard, or tallow its fine to go more concentrated.
What I do NOT recommend for beginners, usually, is using milk for 100% of the liquid, but that doesn't mean it can't be done!