On your site, you say
you have equipment for liquid soapmaking. What is that please?
Our 15 and 35 and 65 gallon
Oil Heaters are excellent for batching liquid soap. We also
carry excellent high speed-mixing
wands for mixing and tracing. Don’t forget you can use our
Oil Heaters for candle wax, M&P,
lotions, melting shea butter, etc.
I was just trying to
figure out what temperature to set the Oil
Heater at for making the liquid soaps. When I do it on the
stove, I usually heat the oils to about 170 degrees, and leave
it at that until it pastes and then cook the paste for 4 hours
or so. I have never tried to take the temperature of the paste
while it's cooking so I really have no clue as to what
temperature to put the heater to. Any advice you could give me
would be greatly appreciated.
Maybe this will help. Record your temperatures
and note changes, etc. Do this as scientifically as possible as
this will eliminate guesswork later when working with larger
batches or making changes. Adjust your temperature slowly -
start at around 150 F and check the temp of your liquid. With
the first couple batches, take your temps every 15 min to 30
minutes. Adjust your thermostat. See what it does, how fast it
goes up in temperature. You can experiment with the same volume
of water, the same amount you would start with to see what it
takes to get it to 160 F and hold it.
We found with our recipe that all you had to do
was trace at around 100 degrees and when the soap itself raised
in temperature from the reaction of lye and oils, we simply left
the temperature dial where it was and let it cook. The soap
would get up to about 160 F to 170 F and would stay there for a
few hours and start cooling gradually till we decided to start
the dilution stage. Very little work involved. The water jacket
was heated by the soap itself and so became an insulator.
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