Josh-D. S. Davis

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SOAP5: The Process
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SOAP5: Cut bars
SOAP5: Cut bars
I fixed the pH with a little citric acid. I fixed the hardness with more salt, and more cooking. Unfortunately, the "big pot" cools on the sides too much, and it was really hard to pack into the molds. I had to do a bit of spackling on 2 of the tubes before cutting bars. 2 bars have serious cracks or voids, but are still fine. One broke up, so I molded it into a square-ish bar. The moisture content is still way too high, so even with the cold/dry, it's going to take a couple of months to dry enough to be useful. These won't be the best bars ever, but they'll be decent and smell good.

SOAP5: pH Testing
SOAP5: pH Testing
Hard to tell in the photo, but the pH is 11.75, which is too high. It's kind of crumbly and wet (too much water AND too high pH).

SOAP5: oops, boiling.
SOAP5: oops, boiling.
Forgot that bigger pot means more distance between burner and thermometer. Soap has about a 25 degree temp gradient, so above 160F it is boiling temp at tge burner. Splut. Luckily, very little got on me.

SOAP5: Mixer heat
SOAP5: Mixer heat
Ice pack for the stick blender. It's not really designed for this.

SOAP5: Separating Again
SOAP5: Separating Again
Stick blender lies... False trace. Reseparated.

SOAP5: Light Trace
SOAP5: Light Trace
Light Trace. Time for fragrance.

I later found out this was a false trace. :/

SOAP5: Separation
SOAP5: Separation
Separation phase (phase 2 of hot process).

SOAP5: Initial mix
SOAP5: Initial mix
Started with too much ice in the water phase, so the pre-separation is cooler than expected.

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