Prepping Beer for Soapmaking

Hello! I have finally decided to make my very 1st beer soap! Today i'll walk you through the prepping process.
In order to safely mix lye into your beer of choice, you must boil your beer. If not boiled, lye creates a volcanic effect when mixed into the beer. You can blame the alcohol and carbonates for that. Boiling the beer gets rid of them, making it safe to use.

Why use beer for soap? Why not!? Beer makes a stable lathery luxurious bar! 

Lets begin!

Prepping Beer for soap making 

Supplies
  • Pot
  • Electric stove (Alcohol is flammable and should not be boiled over a gas stove. If you decide to use a gas stove, use a huge pot to prevent any spills or splashes)
  • Beer
  • Spoon

Steps

  1. Pour beer in pot. I used two 7 oz beers. A lot of the beer will evaporate during the process.
  2. Bring beer to a boil on high heat stirring constantly
  3. Let beer boil on medium heat for 30 minutes stirring every 5 minutes. After 30 minutes you should not see foam. Boil a bit longer if needed.
  4. Refrigerate over night and use when ready.



I recommend adding ice to your mixture before adding lye or chilling the beer because of the sugars that are left in the beer. Sugars heat up a lot faster than water. Not only does it smell terribly when mixed with lye but it will darken your mixture. Boil, Refrigerate, Chill and Mix!

Don't forget to wear your protective gear. Happy Soaping! 






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