- Jan 24, 2018
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I add Silk to my master batched lye. Unfortunately I don't really measure it - I just put a bunch in - maybe 6-7 inches.
No, it won't ruin the soap at all.THere was a bit of slimy stuff in the batter today. I took out what I found but am nervous that maybe there was more that I didn't find. Will it ruin soap?
Thank you for responding. I strained the lye/silk solution, appeared to be dissolved but still strain just in case. Perhaps I need better strainer because when I was stick blending I noticed some weird substance which obviously was some silk gooeyness. Hoping the end soap will be just fine. I appreciate your feedback.No, it won't ruin the soap at all.
For future, it can be good to strain your lye solution as you pour it into the oils. I use a stainless steel strainer to catch any lye lint, undissolved lye or silk, or other debris that can find its way into the lye container or the MB container.
Soap cooler. I soap at 75-80. Have a recipe with 60 liquid oils & 40 hard oils (this is so you can swirl & design). Use a water discount to prevent soda ash & glycerin rivers. I suggest a 2:1 water/lye ratio which is equal to a 33% lye concentration.Thank you for responding. I strained the lye/silk solution, appeared to be dissolved but still strain just in case. Perhaps I need better strainer because when I was stick blending I noticed some weird substance which obviously was some silk gooeyness. Hoping the end soap will be just fine. I appreciate your feedback.
Have been dealing with multiple combative issues. 1.) Soap at 90 degrees, get soda ash. 2) soap at 120, major acceleration- no time for intricate designs. Trying to find middle ground... Thankful for this group and having a place to figure things out. Best.
Thank you for your input! So helpful!@MommaSoaper The stickblending probably took care of any gooey blobs, and incorporated them as well as they would be incorporated by "melting" in the lye. So it's all good.
I agree with @linne1gi to try soaping even cooler. With my recipe, I get ash if I use less than 38% lye concentration. I also get ash, no matter what, if I add activated charcoal to any recipe. My charcoal often turns a dusty blue instead of grey or black, too.
It can take a lot of experimentation to figure out what works for you. Glad you are here and sharing your experiences!
Thank you, I'll try it out. I know I need to start master batching my lye solution to save time and create more loaves daily. Do you melt down your butters/oils every single time you soap or do you have a master batch of those too?Before I started master-batching my lye solution, I was also a big fan of the heat transfer method. Whether it will work with adding the silk depends on the amount of your hard oils.
Since the lye solution has to get pretty hot to dissolve the silk, and that takes a bit of time, you can't add it to the hard oils right away, or the silk won't get completely dissolved.
That means the solution is a bit cooler by the time you add it to the hard oils. That's not a big deal if your primary hard oil is coconut oil, and if you chop up any hard butter like cocoa butter into small bits so it melts faster. But if you have a lot of cocoa butter to melt, or you don't cut it up into small pieces, your lye solution may not be hot enough to melt it all by the time you wait for the silk to be dissolved. And of course, don't add in your soft oils till the hard ones are completely melted. No need to waste the heat on them, since they are already liquid.
Give it a go and see how it works for your recipe.