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« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2008 04:14:57 PM »

... Trust me, when I said my critters don't have known SAP values, I wasn't just saying that. I'm not messing around with common things like everyone else. Wish I could be of more help, but I'm as un-clued as the next person! LOL. I offered to save samples of each to send off for SAP value testing, but haven't heard back.
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« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2008 05:05:49 PM »

Yeah...you got me...
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« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2008 07:43:56 PM »

Well, I'm so bad at math, that even having the SAP value probably wouldn't do me much good. LOL.
It's almost just as good to wing it and keep watching the trace & testing the pH like it was recommended to me here on this forum. Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2008 10:13:38 AM »

Update:

My second batch (using rendered fat) came out almost white in color, fairly crumbly in texture, medium hard, and very pretty! I haven't demolded it yet because it's still more yellow in the center then on the top. I want it to be uniformly whitened before I pop it out of the mold to crumble it up.

Today:
I re-batched my first soap (the stuff made from the raw ground fat.)
I put about 90-95g of pure virgin olive oil in to a container.
This is because I estimate I poured out about 90-95g of oil when I thought the batch had failed.
I added about 35-40ml of water to the soap flakes.
Then I heated up the soap flakes/water and the olive oil at the same time (2 different containers), in the microwave.
Once everything was heated up almost to the "foam over the top" point -- I was watching for the dreaded volcano effect (LOL) - I took everything out of the microwave and combined the oil with the soap flakes/water.
It went from oil on top, to emulsified and beginning to react, within a minute or 2. I stirred with a plastic fork. The color went from off-ivory (palest beige?) to a medium warm beige. The faint smell was like cooking olive oil.
I stirred a lot. I broke up the larger lumps with my gloved hands, then I re-reheated it and stirred a lot more.
It came out like a gooey semi-translucent (mostly opaque) gel? but at least it's not lye-heavy anymore.
It has hardened up considerably and cannot be stirred anymore. It is resting in it's container now.
It will be fun to use as an organic pesticide for the garden, and a great ingredient for my second favorite oddball thing to do... brain-tanning of hides.

That was a fun mess! Friday I shall do it all over again, but I'll render the fat and tissues this time! hehe!  Smiley
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