making larger batch...

Discussion in 'Soap Making' started by chewie, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. chewie

    chewie New Member

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    i am about to order a real mold (thanks vicki!) and would like to increase my current recipe, which is basicly the walmart soap. but until now, i've made just tiny baby batches, til i learned a bit more about soaping in general. now i am making too many small batches of the same, so time to graduate!

    question is...is there anything i need to be aware of in going from a tiny 2-3lb batch to the 7lb? will tracing take much longer? currently i put all the lye into my frozen milk chunks at one time, should i do this differently with a larger amt of lye? i am using all GM without any water. i have 9 (oh boy!!) new scents from WSP, all in 4 oz jars (was getting the samplers!) so i want to use one scent per batch, one loaf each. anything you think i should know before getting 'bigger' would be really appreciated!
     
  2. Halo-M Nubians

    Halo-M Nubians New Member

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    I soap my 7lbs batches just like smaller ones..I do like to sample every FO in a small batch first..so I know what its going to do. I usually start with sample sizes of anything new so that I don't waste a batch because a FO gets ahead of me or I hate the scent. It also tells me how it will discolor etc.
    Your going to love making the bigger batches! I love filling up my shelves!
     

  3. chewie

    chewie New Member

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    i AM really excited! there is such a feeling of accomplishment when i see my shelf with all those soaps! and the kids love going to see them, handle them and then pick out favorites!
     
  4. Sondra

    Sondra New Member

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    I always add lye gradually to my frozen milk but have never done small batches only the 7lb batch
     
  5. chewie

    chewie New Member

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    good to know, my batches are quite small but am going to around 7lb. so i will add slowly thanks.