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I am trying to learn to make goat milk soaps. I would really hate to have to find another forum just to learn about soaps. I would much rather chat with anyone here that does soap! lol
I made my first batch last weekend and I am not so sure about it. I will try another batch this weekend if I get time. Hope it goes better!
 

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hmmm let me think on that. I would have to decide where to put it.

but it is a good suggestion.

Can anyone think of some other items that I could make on catigory for?

I hate to keep making separate catigories for things if I can make just one.


Keeps the site looking clean and tidy - you know what i mean?
 

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well this site has a dairy goat section, right? I guess you could post there about anything dairy, or maybe a section for goat products like meat and milk and even hair (like making sweaters...) or anything else made with goat products?
 

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I'm a soaper, but by no means an expert one. I have made about 4 batches and all have turned out wonderfully so far. The most recent batch I made up my own recipe (using a lye calculater), so I'm anxious to see how it turns out. Looks good so far.
 

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Can you tell when you take it out of the mold if it worked? what is it supposed to look like, or not like?
 

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So far when I dump mine out of the molds it has been some what firm, but you could still make a dent if you pushed on it with your finger. But it will get harder as it cures. Coloring varies, some of my turned out a creamy white color, and some is tan. What makes you think it didn't turn out? Could you tell me what it looks like?
 

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Is it supposed to be slimey? Also, it hardened faster than I was prepared for, hard to get into all the molds. That was just from my intrepretation of trace though. lol. It never got hot when I added the lye to the milk either. ~
 

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Hmmm, thats strange that it didn't get hot, mine usually jumps right up to at least a hundred degrees. What type of lye are you using? Generally mine is kind of smooth, about the texture of thick honey when I pour it into the molds, I've never had a problem with it getting hard too fast.
 

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JBlaze if you are adding essential oils or fragrances at trace it will usually make your soap set up much faster. On your lye make sure it is 100% lye, if it is it should get hot very quick. I have never seen 100% lye not get hot fast. Oh yes, it should not be slimy :shock:
 

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I just did another batch of a simple recipe that I have used before. Not real sure where I got it from but here it is.

3 Cups Shortening (Iuse Walmart brand, it is a veggie AND animal fat type)
1 Cup Coconut Oil...Walmart carries this too.
2 Cups Goats Milk
1/2 Cup Lye
1/2 Cup Water

Dissolve Lye in water while fats are melting, cool lye to 85 degrees and add milk SLOWLY...stir well and add 110 degree fat...stir to trace and then pour into molds. If you want to add scented oil then take 2 Teaspoons of melted fat away and add 2 teaspoons of scent at trace...this does set up fairly well quickly....and I've been using this recipe for awhile trying out different scents as well. Also a stick blender works great to blend to trace...just be careful and don't splash as it is toxic and can burn you.

***Remember to cover mold with plastic wrap BEFORE you cover your soap...forgot to do this the first time I made it and boy did I have a heck of a time getting my blanket off the fresh bars!!
 

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I have made two batches.

First one didn't work out.

Second one appears to have. A friend set me the exact amount of oils, lye ect ect and gave me directions on making it. It sure smells good. Couple more weeks and I'll be able to use it. :D
 

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Kuiltin'_Kelly showed me how to make soap the first time and it turned out really well. Then I made some oatmeal scrub bars and that turned out well, too. The next three batches that I have made however have turned out really dry and crumbly. We've been trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong. While reading through some of the notes I've accumulated over the years I saw that using less lye makes a softer bar while more lye makes it firmer, so I'm going to try cutting back on my lye a little bit and see if that helps.

I use quart-sized half-and-half containers (the waxed cardboard kind) for my molds, then slice the bars when I unmold it. It took me a few times to figure out that if I stapled the top shut like it was when it had cream in it, that the container would stay squared instead of warping and giving me diamond shaped bars!

I'm learning, but I need to figure out how to do a better job cuz I've got people lined up wanting to buy soap from me. This is one way I think those girls just might be able to earn their keep! :D
 

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I made 2 batches today! It went better. I stopped stirring much sooner and poured faster. I can't wait to un-mold them. :)
 

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Good for you...next time you'll know when to pour.
Also...I found a great craft store about 30 miles from me ...maybe theres a chain in other states...it's called Pat Cattans..they have all kinds of soap scents and I can't wait til payday to get some. Molds of all kinds too!
 
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