Soap calculator

slarson

Junior Poster
It's been a busy fall! Sorry I didn't get these posted sooner. Just in time to remind all the deer hunters out there to save that fat for rendering into tallow for soap!
Here's the link to my favorite down loadable soap calculator:
It's a good reliable calculator the runs on Excel. It will take up some space on your hard drive, but not too much. Because it is loaded on the computer, you can still use it when the internet connection isn't working due to sunspots and/or blizzards. It's easy to use. You can save the recipes on another worksheet and only keep one file. I like calculators that differentiate between beef, deer and bear tallow. While there isn't a huge difference between them, there is a small difference in the amount of lye used ( okay, so .02 of an ounce isn't really all that much)


I bumped into this calculator while searching for the above calculator. http://www.metaphysicalfarms.com/pages/Lye-Calculator.html The site has good directions, nice YouTube videos of soap making, a few interesting recipes that have some pretty common oils plus very few ads. You can save your recipes to a URL or to their site (lots of people have done this). There is a good recipe and directions on how to make your own laundry soap, and information on different good things to add to your soap to make your skin even more beautiful.


Magestic Mountain is one that is easy to use and gives you a printable recipe. I heard from lots of people at the show this year this is the one they use: http://www.thesage.com/calcs/lyecalc2.php It gives you a range of water to add, not a specific amount. It's not that critical as long as you are within the range. (It drives me nuts; I prefer a more precise measurement)




This one is pretty good too: http://www.soapcalc.net/calc/soapcalcWP.asp. It gives you a recipe you can print to save for your next batch. It will show you the amount of cleansing, hardness, creamy, bubbly and conditioning your bar will be before you make it. It is a little clunky to use, but you will get used to it.


There are lots more out there. If you've read this far you obviously are interested in soap and soap making. My suggestion to you is try using the same recipe in several different calculators. You'll quickly see the variations between them which really isn't all that much. You will find the one that works best for you. Then scrap the rest and stick with your favorite-don't forget to bookmark it! For those of you who love Google Docs, sorry there isn't a soap calculator there.


If you have a favorite calculator, please feel free to post a link to it here. If you love good old mathematical calculations with or without a slide rule, most of the above sites list the saponification values, and you can do the computations yourself! :soapbox:
 

Todd Hintz

Mega Poster
WMSTR Lifetime Member
I grinned reading this, Sarah! Never made soap before, and never used the word saponification in a sentence until this post. But I may have to check in to this, as things get awfully dirty around the engines and separator! Thanks for the info.
 

slarson

Junior Poster
Good luck with your soap efforts, Todd. If you need some reassurance with your saponification project, I'd be happy to be cheer you on. And congrats for using that lovely "S" word! We'll get you cleaned up!
 

Greg Thesing

Junior Poster
WMSTR Lifetime Member
Greg

We saved a pail of venision tallow for you. Do you want it rendered or as is. Currently it is frozen in a 5 gallon pail. How do we get it to you?
 

slarson

Junior Poster
If you want to render it you can count those hours toward the show. If you don't need anymore hours I'd be happy to take it off your hands. I go through Brainerd every couple of months. If you are in a hurry to make room in your freezer, my co-worker volunteers at the jail every Wednesday night. I could twist her arm to pick it up. A HUGE thank you!
 

Greg Thesing

Junior Poster
WMSTR Lifetime Member
Sarah, I did render it down!!! Wife insited that I finish in the shop. She said it stunk up the whole house. End product is about 6 quarts of very nice white venison fat. I have it frozen in a couple of ice pails. When does your frind volunteer at the jail? I could sent it in with my son who works for the sheriff's department in Brainerd.
 

slarson

Junior Poster
Way to go Greg! It is a little smelly, but suspect a nice bouquet of flowers will make your wife forget the smell! Venison isn't bad-you should try skunk fat. That is an outside job!

Patti and Larry Refsland volunteer at the jail on Wednesday evenings. The program is called "Let's Talk."

That's going to make a wonderful addition to Rollag soap. Thanks :)...
 
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