One kilo soap batches – can do with my eyes closed!
Two kilo soap batches – not a problem!
Four kilo soap batches – eerrrr… yeah, not so good.
So what’s the next logical step? A SIX kilo soap batch.. of course! Well, 6.5 to be correct!
Yup, this weekend I made by first, MASSIVE, six point five kilo batch of beautiful scent and colour free goat’s milk soap. I always forget just how awesome fresh, plain, REAL soap smells. I love it!
Why did I make such a large batch? Because of …. THIS BABY!!
Merry Christmas to ME!
My very first, and soooooo not my last, Soaphutch custom made loaf soap mold. My Christmas present to myself I organised quite a few months ago now arrived last week. And it could not have come at a better time!
Stepping up from my crafters choice silicone molds that produce 7 bars each, this beauty produces a massive forty bars if I use the whole mold! This is my brilliant plan to step up production easily and start maintaining certain fragrances in stock at all times. I can not wait to make my first 40 bar Spearmint batch! The best smell in the world multiplied by nearly seven kilos! I will be in heaven! I might have to move my curing area out of the small laundry and into random areas of the house for fear of scent suffocation if it’s all trapped in a closed door room!
Deciding to play it safe for my cherry popping batch, I went with a plain, uncoloured and unscented goat’s milk soap. I needed some fresh stock anyway, and this way I wasn’t making my first batch a difficult endeavour with colours, trace quickening fragrances, swirls or patterns. A smart move.
I had obviously expected a larger batch of soap to require more lye to make. What I had anticipated was how a larger lye mixture would take longer to make… MUCH longer!! And when you have something that creates it’s own heat (lye, when mixed with liquid shoots up to scorching (80 degrees celcius plus)) in a matter of seconds, and you are trying to not scorch your goat’s milk, this takes a half an hour preparation time up to a full day!!
Add portion of lye, stir, stir, stir, check temp, wait. Add some more lye, stir, stir, stir, check temp, wait. Repeat this every ten to fifteen minutes for a couple of hours. *collapses* After I managed to get it all mixed in, the temperature was warmer than I liked, so I popped the bucket in it’s ice bath and left it there.
In the end, the lye / goats milk mixture sat for nearly 12 hours bringing it to a comfortable room temperature. Mostly because night time came and I didn’t want to attempt a massive batch when tired, I’m also used to working with room temp or colder lye mixtures. I ended up making the batch the following morning and although I expected a slow trace time due to the volume, I was surprised by the near 20 minutes it took! Even with my whizz bang mixer (that plugs into my DRILL!! Yes, I own a hammer drill now, booyah!) it took forever and out of frustration and impatience, I incorporated some air bubbles… grrr.
BUT, we got there. Eventually. I ended up pouring it in at a light trace as my back was killing me by that stage and I wondered if I took it to a thick trace, how hard it would be to lift nearly seven kilos of liquid (or thick custard like batter) to pour into the mold on my bench. I’ll attempt that another day…
A picture with flash, and without.
After managing to get it all in and even, I managed, somehow, to lift the mold, and the soap and carry it to the freezer. Oh my!! As if that wasn’t amazing in itself, I managed to do so without wearing any!!! Two close calls, but not a drop! Skills baby!
I’ll leave the fun adventure that was un-molding for tomorrow’s blog post. It was… well, and interesting battle!
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