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kschaub
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« on: October 17, 2012, 03:46:22 AM »

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I made a batch of CP Castile soap and used the oven method for the first 24hours. After the pour put in 200 degree oven for two hours and then turned oven off and left for 24hours. It has been four days and it is still not firm enough to cut. Any ideas as to wht happened. My measurements were correct and checked in the soap calc. Can I melt it in the crock pot and cook it like a hot process bar to save it?
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Studio Olivia
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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2012, 05:17:15 AM »

I CP and oven proofed my castile and followed someone's advice to cut it before 24 hours were up, and it was HARD!  I am wondering if 200 degrees was a bit high.  I proofed at 170 for one hour and then shut the oven off and left it overnight.  Then took it out and cut it and like I said, it is hard soap already.  That was 2 weeks ago and it feels like it's ready to go.  I would rebatch.  What have you got to lose?  And yes, I would HP it and not rebatch like  I do normally with a heat proof bag.  Go for it and let us know, OK?  Good luck!!
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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2012, 05:39:38 PM »

Thank  you for the response. I was just getting ready to remove it from the wooden mold and place it in my Crock pot when I uncovered it and finally after day 3 my CP Castile soap was enough to cut. I tested it to check the PH and it tested good so I'm just leaving it for a few weeks to see what happens and I will let you know.,
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« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2012, 05:35:22 PM »

I too oven processed my castile at 170 for 1 hour and then sat over night and it was fine.  I use goat's milk as my liquid and have had probs with other recipes but never with my castile
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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2012, 05:02:01 PM »

Kschaub,

You may want to look at your water discount the next time you make it.  If you do a 1:1 lye/water ratio you would unmold and cut the castile soap in 8 - 12 hours and it would be hard.  I suspect that you used too high a lye/water ratio and that's why it took so long to harden.  Nothing wrong with that, just if you don't want to wait next time consider reducing how much liquid (water or GM) you use.  Also remember that by reducing the liquid the lye solution is super strong and extra precautions should be taken.
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