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– Hello everybody! I know I am looking just
a little bit disheveled, quite frankly this is one of the intros I forgot to film and I’m currently getting ready for VidCon and will be leaving in two days. So excuse the mess. Here’s my little baby buddy, he’s gettin’ ready, he’s going to LA too. Today’s soap was nothing
short of a disaster. A disaster while saved was
not incredibly fun to do. It still made soap, we still got bars out of it but it went so bloomin’ fast I’ve probably never worked with a soap that I was able to save that moved as fast as this beer soap did. People have been asking
me to make a beer soap for months and months, nay, years and I finally got around to it. I’ve never made one in
a batch this big before and that’s probably one of the reasons why it moved a little quicker. Anyway, you’ll see what I’m talkin’ about. So without further ado,
let’s make some soap. Now the first thing I did for this soap was oddly enough, not mixing
up the lye water solution, it was to boil down the different beers. So I put them both together, I put them on my kitchen stove and I boiled them for 30 minutes and that’s gonna take out
the carbonation of the beer because if you leave it all carbonated whenever you make soap with it it’s just gonna bubble up
and out of your container, it makes sort of a soap volcano and that is no fun to work with, it is definitely not helpful. And if you are able to salvage it, you’re gonna still end up
with some really ugly bars. Another method that you could use is just to sit it out on the counter and leave it there for two or three days, that will obviously let it go flat as well but it’s a lot quicker to boil it. You do need to account for shrinkage when you boil it though, you will use some of your liquid. So with my beer blend
boiled down and ready to go, I am going to strain my lye water solution because this was requested by you guys, you were like, “I’ve seen
other soap makers do it “but you don’t.” So I’m gonna do it for your guys. I bought stainless steel, you have to use stainless steel
mesh strainers to do this, you can’t use aluminum because
the lye will eat it up. And using my brand new pink stick blender, this is from Amazon, it is cheaper than the ones from Cuisinart and I actually like it better. I’m gonna blend this up until light trace. (upbeat music) I’ve gone into a very light trace and I forgot to mention that my lye water solution is at a 50, 50. So with the percentages
that you have down below, you’re actually gonna mix up
however much lye you have, I think it’s about 32 ounces. I only added 32 ounces of water and then the difference I made
up in the beer percentage. To the beer, before I add it in, I’m gonna add a little bit of kaolin clay, a lot a bit actually. This is gonna add some slip to the soap, it’s gonna make it really smooth. Lots of people who make shaving soaps like to add kaolin to it. And then I’m gonna blend that up on low just to make sure that it’s full dissolved and incorporated. (upbeat music) And then I’m gonna pour
my beer into my soap down my stick blender. Once again, this is the
extra liquid that I took out. And it’s mixed up with the kaolin so we’re just adding it a little bit later in
the soap-making process. This will also help our soap
not accelerate really fast. I blended this for a little while and now I’m simply gonna
mix the rest in by hand. It is getting a little bit warmer because beer is really sugar-heavy. And now I’m gonna split this off into two separate containers. My containers are a little bit stained but it’s not going to affect
the finished soap product. Gonna scrapey scrapey my big containey. This batch is going to be black and this batch I’m not
going to color at all because this is really similar to the color of the Bass Pale Ale. Into it, I am going to
add my fragrance oil and with our fragrance oil all blended in it is now time to pour this first half into our large slab mold after this quick commercial break. Alright, I’m gonna dump
this pretty quick in here ’cause it is definitely accelerating. I’m havin’ to work lickety-split to get it all in here! Lucky for me, the middle
is actually textured so it doesn’t have to be flat which is good for this soap ’cause it wouldn’t be
even if I wanted it to. Gonna get all that into the corners, make it kinda wiggly up on here. This soap is definitely gonna gel, which is actually helpful because it’s gonna make sure that the soap is a little bit harder whenever we go to cut it. So this is me mixing up the second layer. I don’t think I have
worked with a fragrance that accelerated quite this quickly and of course this is also mainly because of the beer in the soap. And I haven’t done a
fragrance that was like this in a soap that looked like
this in probably four years but lucky for me, once I
add the fragrance oil in it actually slowed down a little bit so I was able to get all that black oxide mixed in really well so there shouldn’t be any
soap that’s uncolored. I’m just going to have to glop it on top. So as I am spooning this
black on top of the tan, so there’s a couple of things that this particular drink is called and Half and Half is one of ’em and I think that’s the
preferred name for it. And when the drink is poured, they pour the Pale Ale on the bottom and then you can pour the Guinness in such a way that it actually sits on top of the Pale Ale in a glass. I learned about this drink in high school. For our world history,
we had to pick a country. The country I chose was Ireland and one of the weeks we had
to write a long term paper on the food of that country. And a Half and Half was
something I kept coming across in all of my research, that this was something
that the Irish people serve in their pubs and such. It does have historical
significance to it as well. I’ve been wanting to make a beer soap for a really long time so I figured that Drink Month would be the perfect time to do it. And just a note, because you guys have seen me use a fragrance oil now and an additive that
really, really speed up how fast your soap is moving, if you have this happen to
you, don’t lose your head. Keep working, just work
a little bit quicker and chances are you will still
be able to save that batch. And if not, you can always re-batch it. There’s some people that
like to melt down soaps that they think are kinda ugly or maybe the color didn’t get just right, they can melt it down in your crock-pot, get it all smooth again like a paste and then re-mold it. I’ve scrapey scrapied my big containey now and we’ve tapped this down
on the ground a second time just to try to get any of
the absolute air bubbles that are going to be in there. So when I do this next time, I will simply get two slab molds, I will make one batch of soap and then pour it into the containers to make the first half and then I’ll make another batch of soap, mix in the black oxide to the oils and then just pour that
onto the next batch. So it’ll be a lot easier to manage. Alright, so just making
sure that every bar is gonna have roughly the same amount. And then I can go in and texture that top the way I want it. So using this clear acrylic rod, I am just going to start swirling the top. We’re not going for any
particular design really, we’re just going for texture. And this is a really great thing to do, once again if you have a soap that is kinda setting
up a little bit fast. It’s gonna look like you did
that on purpose. (laughs) It’s gonna look very uniform whenever you swirl the top. And then you can clean up those edges. It’s really not that big a deal, especially if you know how to work with it and with practice you will absolutely get better and better and better. I remember whenever I was
making my first batches of soap and they were always, always accelerating because I didn’t know it
but I was blending too long. And then I just got good
at working with a soap that moved exceptionally fast and then of course when I figured out I was blending too long, I
didn’t have to worry about it. But I got good right at the very beginning and that has been a very helpful tool throughout my soap-making journey so don’t stress it if it happens to you, just work with it and you’ll be fine. So after I’ve textured
the top, just like so, I’ll go in in any little places that I might have created
a whole with the air because it pulled a little too much. I’ll clean those up. And then with my 91% rubbing alcohol, I’m gonna spritz the top very liberally because I do want it to stay black. Because this doesn’t
have any glitter on top, if it turns an ashy shade and it gets a little soda ash on there, I may go ahead and rinse
it underneath the sink before we take it to get it
split by our slab splitter. And that’s it, our Half
and Half soap is complete. So this is what the soap
looks like up close, you can see it has already
absorbed the rubbing alcohol and the rest of it has evaporated so it’s starting to look a
little bit more matte black. And all the little swirls on top are being even more pronounced. So we’re gonna wait 18 to 24 hours and then we will come back,
split the slab into loaves and cut the loaves into bars after this quick commercial break. (upbeat music) I think the moral of the story is if you feel you won’t succeed, keep doing the soap anyway because upon splitting,
it doesn’t look that bad. Now future batches aren’t
gonna have little bits of uncolored soap in them and it’s all gonna be evenly distributed because I’m gonna change the way I do them but for the first time round and for my first time
working with alcohol, I’m pretty pleased, I’m pretty pleased. And you can see around the edge here the browning that’s happening. That’s from the fragrance oil and eventually this entire
soap will go that brown. It’ll probably take up to two weeks to make that happen though. So I’ve lined it up here with Evangeline, she’s the one that we’re
keeping in our studio. Gonna press down gently, make sure we’re getting a nice, even cut. I’ll take one out of the middle. So here’s what they
look like on the inside. There’s some teeny tiny bits that haven’t been colored completely. And now that I’ve done it once I know how to improve my technique but I really like the texture of these, they’ve got a really almost thick texture. I know they’re gonna bubble a whole bunch. The smell is really fantastic. I think a lot of different people are gonna like this smell, it’s the same one that I used for the Sherlock Holmes soap years ago. I will go ahead and link that in the upper right-hand corner now if you wanna see that one. Let’s cut another one just for funsies. Looks like this loaf is
a little more mixed up. There aren’t as many
uncolored spots in it. I think sometimes beer soap gets a bad rap because lots of people
in the soap community kind of think of it as a more rustic soap. A lot of them tend to be pretty uneven because they do get hot really quick. So a lot of the bars that I see, well again they just
look a little more rustic but I think it can definitely be something that you use to make really
beautiful, elegant bars. It does not always have
to be a very masculine, sort of woodcutter vibe. You can do a lot with it. So the question of the day is how far would you be willing to travel
for your favorite drink? And it doesn’t have to
be an alcoholic beverage, it could be your favorite lemonade, maybe even your favorite soda. I wanna know how are you willing to travel because Caleb drove over 90 minutes to get to the place that
sold this Bass Pale Ale that I used in this soap. It is not carried in many places in Texas because it’s a foreign import from England so you can’t get it a lotta places. And I was like, “Caleb, I
want that particular brand. “It has to be authentic, “I want that and I want Guinness “and I need both of them.” And he’s like, “Then
I will drive for you.” So how far are you willing to drive? Are you willing to drive over 90 minutes for your favorite drink? Let me know by clicking the I in the upper right-hand corner. By the way by favorite
drink is not Bass Pale Ale, I just needed it for this soap. (laughs) Hey, okay, so it sat for oh, a while now and it looks quite a bit better than it did when I first cut them. And so much better than
when I first made them. It smells divine. This fragrance really,
really gets better with age. It’s like a fine wine, or beer. So if you are interested
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put in but they’ll be there. Be sure you do somethin’
fun for yourself today, whether that is getting
your favorite beverage, be it alcoholic or non,
depending on how old you are and what country you’re in, so many disclaimers for such
a short little commandment of do something fun for yourself. Drink your favorite drink,
it’ll be a good time. Or hold your favorite baby. (laughs) This is my current favorite baby. Lily doesn’t count as a baby anymore, she’s a toddler. Hello. You wanna give us a smile. (laughs) Kinda had to decide whether
or not to smile there. And I will see you guys
for the next video, bye for now! And look what I can do now, nyoom! (upbeat music)

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