hot process beer soap

Next on the agenda was making a beer and honey soap using the hot process method.  Because of the sugars in the honey and beer, I was worried about the batch volcanoing in the crock pot...it didn't happen, to my relief!! I used olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter and castor oil in this beer soap...and I have some pictures of the steps this time!

hot process beer soap with honey


Sooo.....I didn't take the very first pictures of the measured/melted oils or the lye solution...and will explain how I started:

Oils:  I set the crock pot to "Low", then added the soft oils to it (olive and castor).  For the hard oils...I melted the coconut oil in a double boiler (can use the microwave too) before adding to the crock pot. I held out the shea butter to superfat with "after the cook".

Beer:  The day before I make a batch of  beer soap, I boil the beer for five minutes and then freeze it...so that it's frozen when I add the lye to it.

Lye solution:  I added the lye slowly to the frozen beer and kept stirring until all the lye was dissolved. Once the lye was all dissolved, I poured the lye solution right into the oils in the crock pot.  Doing it this way (using frozen beer) helps keep the temp down-I didn't want to take any chances of having it volcano on me when I poured it into the heated crock pot.

Honey:  I made this batch a little larger than what I normally make, then realized I didn't have enough beer that my recipe called for.  But it all worked out though...I use distilled water to dissolve the honey in, so all I needed to do was weigh out the water needed to make up for the missing beer amount.  I think it was an ounce..and I just used that to dissolve the honey in.
 **I added the honey AFTER the lye solution was mixed/stickblended in with the oils.  Then once the honey was added, I stickblended until I reached trace.**

Now for some pics:

My kitchen is dark, so it's hard to take good photos...but this picture was taken after it reached trace.  See the trails on top?  Once traced was reached, I put the lid on and let it cook.

This was after 20 minutes...the edges are starting to gel.  I took a spatula around the sides to keep it from scorching. Put lid back on and let it cook.

More gelling...more stirring. Lid back on, cook.

Almost getting there. Stir, put lid back on, cook. This is about the time I get the shea butter ready...weighed out and melted, to be used for superfatting.

Don't see any light areas, gone...gave it a good stir, put lid back on and cooked for 5 minutes more. Done! Total cook time for this batch was about an hour.

Adding the shea butter (superfatting)...stirred it thoroughly and then did the zap test...no zap, time to put in mold.

Spooned, or "glopped" the soap into the mold.  It's thick, so had to bang it on the counter after every few spoonfuls to try to prevent air pockets. I wasn't sure what to do for the top of the soap-leave it or cover it, because it looks so unattractive...decided to cover with saran wrap.

After 1 1/2- 2 hours, the soap started getting hard in the mold.  I took a block of wood and smoothed out the top...the mashed potato-y top started to blend in a little better.  Mmm...I can really smell the honey!

The next day, cut into bars. 


  1. This looks GREAT and it is EXACTLY what I was looking for! Would you mind sharing the actual recipe you used? And does any of the beer smell remain?

  2. Hi, thank you! I used olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, castor oil and honey for the recipe. You will have to play around with Soap Calc to get the properties you want, as everyone's skin is different. No actual beer smell remains, but it does have a faint, sweet hop smell..and honey. hth!

  3. This looks awesome -- thank you so much for explaining the process and including pictures! I will be trying this out -- I am thinking of using a dark ale..

    1. you're welcome! I haven't tried a dark ale in hot process-just cold process, and the hops smell was a little stronger. I didn't add any fragrance to it but it smelled great! :)

  4. I know this is an older post, but you've made me feel so much better, I had the same dark brown look to it when mine started to gel, it scared me, I thought it was burning!! Looks nice, I love beer soap :)

    1. Thanks for visiting, Ann! I love beer soap too..however, I haven't made any in the longest time. I can still remember when I made this soap too..it was so dark, but it smelled so good! The honey scent was strong at that point, but then faded when it was all done..it was just faint. It turned out to be a great batch of soap! :)



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