Soap Fail? Rebatch it!

Even the experienced soap makers have fails from time to time. But don't sweat it.

I made beer soap with a true and trusted recipe, but the most feared of all happened - the fragrance made the soap seize. I quickly plopped it in the mold the best I could, but it was still the ugliest loaf of soap I've ever made.

What to do? Rebatch it!

Here's how it works.

Step 1: Cut and shred the soap. This takes elbow grease and a little time. To save time, you may also use a vegetable shredder, similar to a cheese grater.

Step 2: Place the shreds in a double boiler or a crock pot on low heat. Add 4oz of water and stir to incorporate the water. Keep in mind the amount of time it takes to remove it from the mold depends on the amount of water added so don't overdo it.

Step 3: Stir every 15-20 minutes. Patience... this may take some time. The soap will begin to melt down and combine with the water.

Step 4: Once the soap is similar to the consistency of mashed potatoes and easier to stir, add fragrance. (I use this fragrance calculator.)

Step 5: Use a spoon to transfer the soap into a 2.5-3 pound mold. Tap the mold after each layer of soap to remove air bubbles.

Step 6: Smooth the top of the soap and slightly move the edges to the center. Let set 4-5 days or until the soap will remove easily from the sides of the mold.

Here is the cut of our NEW Scottish Ale Beer Soap.

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