Crafty microbrews made into skin loving soap.
SunUp Brewing Co is a local maker of artisan beer that is not (yet) available in stores. If you are local to AZ, stop by their shop for "Great Beer, Great Food and Great Service".
We use the brews that are available at the brewery each month to make a fun, great smelling, and unique line of soap. Great big chunky soaps are made with SunUp Brewing beer instead of water. This cold process soap is extra bubbly and mild, great for skin and hair.
The ingredients in beer definitely add to the character of the finished soap. The hops and grains are considered additives in the soap, and remain intact throughout the saponification process, although the alcohol has evaporated out of the finished product.
NOT FOR INTERNAL CONSUMPTION - CONTAINS NO ALCOHOL
Notes for Soap Makers about making beer soap
To make beer soap, simply use Beer instead of all or part of the water in a regular soap recipe. At Flowersong, we use 100% beer, no water, in our beer soap.
- Some advice is to boil the beer to reduce the alcohol and bubbles. This step is definitely optional, and we skip it - using the beer in the state it is produced by the brewer.
- The beer does need to be flat - we leave our mixing containers open to the air for 24 hours. This causes some evaporation, so we start out with more beer than is needed. In Arizona, you can imagine this is pretty pronounced, we lose 3-4 oz of beer in that time.
- Even flat beer reacts to the addition of lye in an unpredictable way. Always go very slowly when adding lye.
- There is a unique odor given off when the lye/beer combination first occurs. Do this step outside if possible.
- All the alcohol burns off during the lye combining step. There is no noticeable acceleration from alcohol during the soapmaking process.
- At first, the soap smells very strongly of hops and grains. This fades significantly by the second week of curing and is barely noticeable by the end of the third week.
- The aroma that does remain is an earthy tone. Fragrance blends that overpower or work with earthy notes are best.
- All beers seem to add color to the soap. For lighter brews, titanium dioxide can be used to counteract some of the color. For the darker brews, plan on experimenting to see what colors will show through.