Whisky Handmade Soap – Made with mash from St. George Spirits in Alameda, CA!

It may sound early to start thinking about St. Patrick’s day, but in the land of soap making it really isn’t. Because soap needs 4-6 weeks to cure before it’s ready to be used, it actually makes good sense to get a jump on it early in the year.

I have had some Whisky Mash from St. George Spirits in Alameda, CA for some time and have been meaning to make the Whisky soap, but the timing hasn’t been right until now.

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Coconut and palm oils waiting to be melted.

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Liquid oils ready for the mash.

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Oils with the mash added. I gave this a good blending with my stick blender to ensure that it was thoroughly mixed into the oils before adding the sodium hydroxide mixture.

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Here the soap has reached a thin trace and is ready for the fragrance to be added.

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Notice the color change from the photo above. The fragrance has some vanilla in it as well as having a very whisky color to it as well. Both of these factors darken the soap to a light honey color.

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I generally use a log or loaf mold, but I wanted to try something different this time. This is a cube mold that I obtained about 2 years ago but have not used as much as I had intended. It holds 25 cubes, but my batch only filled 14 of the cubes. Because each cube is the equivalent of 1 bar of soap I don’t have to cut the soaps after I unmold them.

The one challenge to using this mold is that you have to let the soaps set in the mold longer – up to 1 week where a traditional log mold only take 1-3 days (depending on the formulation of the soap and how soft it is). While I did add 2 ingredients to make a firmer bar of soap, rushing the unmolding process only leads in bars of soap looking less than perfect, so it’s best to be patient and wait for them to do what they need to do.

Stay tuned for when the soaps are unmolded!

They will be ready for release in early March 2013 and in plenty of time for St. Patrick’s day!

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