In sci.physics, Autymn D. C.
on 10 Dec 2006 23:37:24 -0800
I frankly don't know what "aftermeath" is. "meath" is
a place name, specifically a county in Leinste, in the
E Republic of Ireland.
I'm assuming you meant "hot process". Since soap is made
from fats or oils (using lye), the soap melting point may
be dependent on the fat or oil used; beef tallow melts at
130 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the process described at
mentions that the optimum temperature will rise as the
soap thickens, and can get as high as 330 degrees.
It also mentions that the process is very dangerous.
It's probably simpler just to use a hand blender instead.
Hot or cold, be very careful with the lye (sodium
hydroxide). Among other things, lye crystals dissolving
in water can boil it, in large enough amounts. Also,
use wooden or plastic spoons and enameled, plastic, or
glass bowls for mixing -- you don't want to make aluminum
I've not done this myself (though I do have some raw,
rancid fat, were I all that interested in ruining my
countertops with sodium hydroxide :-) ).
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In sci.physics, David Kercsmar
on Sat, 16 Dec 2006 12:49:43 -0500
Given what little I know about the subject, and what I could find on
The quirks of the process are mildly interesting, and not really
surprising in retrospect. I had not known, for example, that coconut
oil makes big bubbles, or that beef tallow soap has better cleansing
power (but fewer bubbles) than other variants.
Still...it looks tricky. :-)
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There is no he, and there is no a in meath. (Neither is there e or ee,
as the dolthood today believe.) No, he did not--as the sites also
underscore the boiling to the water (which should also be weatter) and
not the soap. Look at the subject, Ghost: It's a sliht joke. But I
still want to know.
E. meath[o] ~ L. rendur[e]
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