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:
The next day, cut into bars.