FSG way too liquidy

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Good afternoon,
I watched about 5 videos and read all sorts of recipes, but my first batch of FSG is an epic fail. It's not 100 % cooled yet, but it is totally liquid, not gel like at all. Did I not cook it long enough?

I love the feel of it on my hands, so I can see why it will be great in my daughter's hair, but can someone tell me what I did wrong?

I used 1/4 flax seeds to two cups water. I let it boil, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes. Then I shut it off for and left it on the stove for another 3 minutes.

Then I strained it.

Thank you for your advice. (Oh, also, should I just throw this batch out, or can I mix it with anything else for another purpose?)
I'd say pour it back into the pot and cook down again. If you cook it too long with the seeds in it will be too thick to strain. So to thicken you almost have to reduce afterwards. You can always add a thickener such as xanthum gum or gum arabic. But I've had good luck with just reducing. I reduce 10 to 20 minutes as longer as it seems to need.

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You can reduce the gel after straining it, and that's what I'd do with the gel you have.

In order to make thicker gel, I would suggest soaking the seeds overnight (in the water you're going to cook them in). I'd also suggest cooking the gel longer. You should see what look like threads coming off the seeds into the liquid.

If the gel ever seems too thick to strain, do not give up on it. Just dump the seeds back into the pot with the remaining liquid, add more water, and cook them for a while longer.
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Morgan

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Many folks here rave about the 1/4 seeds to 1 cup water ratio. You used twice as much water as that. But if this ratio end up w/gel that's too thick for you, simply add a little water at the end and you're set.
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Many folks here rave about the 1/4 seeds to 1 cup water ratio. You used twice as much water as that. But if this ratio end up w/gel that's too thick for you, simply add a little water at the end and you're set.
Originally Posted by Korkscrew
This ratio worked great for me.
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I use two tablespoons of seeds to two cups of water, soaking the seeds in the same water overnight, then cooking them. After straining the seeds out, I put them back in the pot with one cup of water, and cook them some more, then added the second batch to the first, and get nice, thick gel. Some people like to reuse their seeds for a second batch later, but this works well for me because any differences in thickness even out when I combine the batches, and because DH likes to rearrange the fridge whenever he looks for anything in it, so those itty bitty seeds go missing until they grow legs and walk out on their own.
Peace,
Morgan

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CGing since July 2008
Good afternoon,
I watched about 5 videos and read all sorts of recipes, but my first batch of FSG is an epic fail. It's not 100 % cooled yet, but it is totally liquid, not gel like at all. Did I not cook it long enough?

I love the feel of it on my hands, so I can see why it will be great in my daughter's hair, but can someone tell me what I did wrong?

I used 1/4 flax seeds to two cups water. I let it boil, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes. Then I shut it off for and left it on the stove for another 3 minutes.

Then I strained it.

Thank you for your advice. (Oh, also, should I just throw this batch out, or can I mix it with anything else for another purpose?)
Originally Posted by ebtswtddt
Did you use 1/4 cup flax seeds to 2 to 3 cups water? Boil until egg white consistency? Then strain? I have even used the strained seeds like a "tea bag" to make more and it has worked.

Don't use it anymore though, [didn't like to have to scrunch my hair]. I just don't like gels of any kind.
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Last edited by Lady_Creole; 01-17-2014 at 06:03 PM.
I boil mine longer closer to 8-10 mins. It isn't the consistency of store bought gel, but I love it.
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If this is your first time making FSG just know that the consistency isn't going to be like many other store bought gels. It's slippery, and yes definitely like (uncooked) egg whites.

Adjust cooking time or amount of flax seeds for a runnier or thicker fsg.
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Styler: UFD CM (old formula), FSG + CNPF
PT: IAgirl's gelatine

Experimenting with: no guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, gelatin gel

Recent findings: my hair likes Cure Care diluted with water as a cowash; does NOT like guar h.c.!

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Here's a trick I use to "even out" the gel when it's especially viscous: After pouring the gel out of the bottle to use, I gently rub it in between my hands (fingers) for a few seconds to thin out before applying it to my hair. That also helps keep it from accidentally plopping - in one thick lump - onto the floor of the tub.
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Korkscrew
I do the same. As I like my gel thick but it is still so slippery. Lol. I've dropped many a lump into my sink and bath tub.

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Lol I also rub it in between my palms before applying it.
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fine - low/normal porosity - medium density - normal elasticity.

Currently using:
Cowash: Cure Care diluted with water 1:1
RO: Cure Care, V05 Kiwi Lime
Styler: UFD CM (old formula), FSG + CNPF
PT: IAgirl's gelatine

Experimenting with: no guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, gelatin gel

Recent findings: my hair likes Cure Care diluted with water as a cowash; does NOT like guar h.c.!

iherb discount code: CFN646

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