02-06-2013, 09:07 AM
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  • tgutc
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  • Michigan
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Recently I milled a stick of Valobra into smaller pieces and pressed it into a puck. I used a knife to do this. I'm sure there are much better ways to do it. I would prefer next time the flakes to be smaller too. What tool does everyone else use to do this? Thank you!

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 02-06-2013, 09:09 AM
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  • Johnny
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A good old fashioned cheese grater.

   

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 02-06-2013, 09:11 AM
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  • Songwind
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I second cheese grater. If you have one you could use a food processor with the grater disk on it, too.

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 02-06-2013, 09:22 AM
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Yes, cheese grater are great!

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 02-06-2013, 09:31 AM
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  • tgutc
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Thanks gentlemen!

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 02-06-2013, 09:54 AM
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We have a rotary style grater...it will make quick work of a puck of soap while keeping your knuckles in tact.



   

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 02-06-2013, 10:38 AM
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  • blzrfn
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I got a cheese grater at the thrift store for a couple of bucks. I didn't want my wife to give me that look for using our kitchen model. It is similar to this one and is very efficient. It also has two different sizes of holes depending on how fine you want your soap gratings to be.

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 02-06-2013, 11:01 AM
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  • Arcadies
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As mentioned before, a cheese grater is perfect. I also freeze soaps before I grate them, it seems to make the process go smoother with less "mushiness" and melting on your hands and on the grater.

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 02-06-2013, 01:15 PM
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I used my wife's cheese grater once, now I own my own A6

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 02-06-2013, 01:35 PM
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  • Songwind
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It's soap.. it'll wash off. Why was everyone's SO getting uptight about it?

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 02-06-2013, 02:26 PM
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  • MickToley
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(02-06-2013, 01:35 PM)Songwind Wrote: It's soap.. it'll wash off. Why was everyone's SO getting uptight about it?

The soap is a pain to get off, it doesn't really rinse off. Each time I grate some soap using a grater like Johnny posted, I end up standing over the sink for at least 5 minutes trying to get it clean.

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 02-06-2013, 02:28 PM
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  • Crag
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(02-06-2013, 01:35 PM)Songwind Wrote: It's soap.. it'll wash off. Why was everyone's SO getting uptight about it?

That's what I said, but my Wife SWORE she could smell the Speick stick on the cheese...Huh

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 02-06-2013, 03:10 PM
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  • Shaun
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This cheese has been SPEICKED, I'm sure of it. Waiter! Bring me fresh cheese, none of this spicy herbal German stuff!

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 02-06-2013, 04:14 PM
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Yup, cheese grater. Large holes. I suppose the smaller ones would be even finer, but I don't know if that's a benefit or not. Certainly takes longer.

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 02-07-2013, 07:43 PM
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  • greyhawk
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(02-06-2013, 01:35 PM)Songwind Wrote: It's soap.. it'll wash off. Why was everyone's SO getting uptight about it?

Although I wouldn't say it elsewhere, I can probably say it here...because she's a FEMALE!

I got a Microplane grater and it does a wonderful job.

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 02-07-2013, 08:32 PM
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  • TonyN
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(02-06-2013, 11:01 AM)Arcadies Wrote: As mentioned before, a cheese grater is perfect. I also freeze soaps before I grate them, it seems to make the process go smoother with less "mushiness" and melting on your hands and on the grater.

+1...It also make clean up a whole lot faster.

(02-06-2013, 02:26 PM)MickToley Wrote: The soap is a pain to get off, it doesn't really rinse off. Each time I grate some soap using a grater like Johnny posted, I end up standing over the sink for at least 5 minutes trying to get it clean.

If you freeze it before you grate it it doesn't get as sticky and is a whole lot easier to wash off the grater.

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 02-07-2013, 08:42 PM
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OK, you have it shredded/grated by whatever means... I find that if I press the dry shreds into a puck as much as I can, then add a few tablespoons of water to the pressed mass I can then press it even further into a more cohesive mass. You don't want so much as to make it a mess, but just enough to "melt" the soap slightly to get it to slip and then weld together after it ages a bit. Start adding water to it and you'll see what I mean. Work it as you go, and when you have enough water added you should recognize it. A little bit at a time.

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 02-07-2013, 09:06 PM
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  • blzrfn
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Good point Brian, this is especially helpful if making a shave stick as it helps to eliminate the air gaps that can cause a rough surface in the finished product (which can be uncomfortable during application.

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 02-07-2013, 09:22 PM
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  • tgutc
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Thanks for all the great suggestions!

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 02-08-2013, 12:48 AM
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A cheese grater, but my cheese grater...Biggrin

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