Can Beer Really Polish Jewelry? Beer Buster's Edition August 11, 2017 11:25
This week on Confessions of a Homebrewer's Wife, we begin our Beer Buster's Series. This week... we put the beer myth: "Can Beer Really Polish Jewelry?" to the test!
We hope you've enjoyed today's video! Join us next week as we find out if beer gives a better pedicure that water!
Please leave a comment below on a Beer Myth you would like us to "BUST!"
We Are Going To Beer Bust! Join us on Fridays! August 07, 2017 21:40
Join us on Fridays to Beer Bust! We will put beer to the test. Can you clean your hardwood floors with it? Can you polish your jewelry with the bubbly? Are there more uses for beer than just drinking it? We'll find out!
How to Trellis Your Hop Plants July 13, 2017 00:00
Here is how we trellis our hops! Let us know if you have any questions!
What you need:
Want to learn more about the wonderful world of hops? Check out:
Hops 101: Learn about the plant and what hops are used for
When To Harvest Your Hops: Signs to look for when your hops are ready
Hops and Dogs: Things to be aware of on brew day if you have a brew dog
Three Top Questions People Have About Beer Soap July 06, 2017 00:00
We know you have questions. Here are the top three!
Will I smell like beer?
No you will NOT smell like beer… we promise. But you will notice the lather it adds to the soap.
If I get pulled over by the cops, can I blame it on the beer?
Good try…. But no!
Do you use the bi-products or the actual beer?
Both… we use spent grains, hops and actual beer. Learn more about the process here!
Check out our other questions here and leave comments below for any additional you have! We’d love to answer them!
How Often Did The Founding Father's Take A Bath? June 29, 2017 00:00 1 Comment
Ever wish you were a fly on the wall to hear what these guys were talking about as they signed the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution? Ever wonder how stinky the room was? I do, probably because I'm a soap person. But seriously, it had to smell pretty bad. Hygiene at that time was A LITTLE DIFFERENT than it is today! Getting clean in Colonial America meant 'sponging off' usually just the hands and face. Those that had a more luxurious home, may of had a wash basin and pitcher. An under shirt was used to conceal sweat that would stain the "fancy" fabrics these men probably wore.
If you needed to thoroughly wash (which was usually once a month) a wooden tub would do the job. However, it was an ordeal to prepare this bath. The tub had to be dragged out, someone had to draw the water from the well and then heat it. The towel and soap would need to be found. And the person would have to stop worrying about catching a disease, as it was commonly though that a clean body would attract illness. In other words, dirt and your natural oils created a protective layer guarding against disease.
Then there was the soap making processes that was fairly tricky. Soap making was left to the women. They had to make lye and save enough oil to make the soap. They needed 6 bushels of wood ash for the lye and 24 pounds of grease/oil to make one barrel of soap. To make lye, they added wood ash to a barrel and layered each addition with straw. The straw would stop the ash from clogging as water was added every once in a while to it. The ash water (lye) would seep out of a hole at the bottom of the barrel. The grease and lye were cooked together to make a very soft soap that was used for monthly baths. The most challenging part was figuring out how strong the lye was. To see if the lye was strong enough, they tested the lye on a potato. If it perforated, it was strong enough!
So yes, that room was EXTREMELY smelly. Maybe I wouldn't want to be a fly on the wall! LOL
Hope this creates some great conversation this Fourth of July! If you need some cool beer labels for your party, checkout our free printable beer labels.
Free Printable Fourth of July Beer Labels June 27, 2017 18:38
Looking for free printable Fourth of July Beer labels? Here you go!
Download file (it's PDF; 2 per sheet)
Print onto label paper ( I use the full sheets and cut them out!)
Stick them to your bottle.
We hope you will enjoy them as much as we do! Happy Fourth of July!
Beer Gummy Bear Recipe June 16, 2017 19:13 2 Comments
We had so much fun making these Beer Gummy Bear Treats. It's a great way to use some of that homebrew...(Homebrewer's wives, you know the struggle is REAL!)
Check out our Video and Recipe below to make your own. It's super fast and easy!
1 Cup Beer
¼ Cup Sugar
3 Tablespoons Unflavored Gelatin
Pour the beer into a saucepan over medium heat.
Add the sugar and gelatin, begin stirring immediately. Stir none stop until the sugar & gelatin are completely dissolved. (If you want to keep the maximum amount of alcohol in, make sure the liquid stays well under 170°).
Pour the beer gelatin mixture over your molds (you will need 3 molds and you can find them here!) Use a spatula to fill the bear cavities and scrape off the excess.
Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
Take each beer bear out of the mold and enjoy!
Crockpot Chicken Pad Thai Made with Beer May 26, 2017 00:00
In this episode of Confessions of a Homebrewer’s Wife, we turn beer into food…. because we’re magic like that! May I introduce (drum role please) Crockpot Chicken Pad Thai Made with Beer!
1 1/2 -2 pounds chicken breasts
3/4 cup canned coconut milk
1/4 cup of favorite beer
3/4 cup chunky peanut butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes ( to taste)
1/3 cup chopped peanuts, for garnish
Fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish
Rice, rice noodles, or lettuce leaves, for serving
Arrange chicken breasts in the bottom of a large slow cooker. Add coconut milk, peanut butter, garlic, honey, soy sauce, lime juice, rice wine vinegar, and red pepper flakes over chicken.
Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours, or HIGH for 3 to 4 hours (or until chicken is tender but not overcooked, depending on the strength of your slow cooker). Reduce slow cooker temperature to WARM. Remove chicken from slow cooker, cut into chunks, and shred. Return shredded chicken to slow cooker to allow it to absorb sauce and heat through.
Serve chicken and sauce over cooked rice, cooked rice noodles. Garnish with chopped peanuts and fresh cilantro.
We hope you enjoy!
3 Signs That You Live With A Homebrewer May 19, 2017 00:00
In this episode of Confessions of a Homebrewer's Wife, we dive deep into the topic of how to identify 3 signs that you live with a homebrewer!
Serve Your Mom a Beer Cocktail this Mother’s Day! May 13, 2017 00:30
Your Mom deserves the best on Mother’s Day so why not serve her a beer cocktail? I mean after all, she did go through hell and back for your ass…. changing your diapers and putting up with your shenanigans! So why not let her relax one day a year with this easy Beer Cocktail Recipe!
1/2 cup of lite beer
1/2 cup of lemonade
1 tsp of sugar (or more depending on your taste buds!)
This drink is a sure way to tell her how much you appreciate her!
How to Dry Spent Grain May 10, 2017 10:30 2 Comments
As you know, we add spent grains (and hops) to our soaps. It is important to us to keep as many of the beer by-products out of the landfill. So how do we do this? Lets get started.
Grains are used to make wort (grain tea) that becomes beer through a fermentation process. To reuse grains for our soaps, we first have to dry them out....
We spread out the wet grains on baking sheets and pop them into the oven on low for about 2 hours.
About an hour into the drying process, we stir the grains to make sure they are drying evenly.
Once they are dried, we grind them up and add them to our soap mixture right before we pour the soap into the molds.
You can use this same technique if you are making other spent grain products such as dog treats and bread. Here are our suggestions for other ways to use spent grains!
What do you make out of your spent grains?
How To Make A Shandy? (Lemonade and Beer Cocktail) May 05, 2017 00:00
As the weather heat’s up, you know it’s time for a Shady! This refreshing, easy to make beer cocktail, is great to enjoy on a hot day.
A Shandy is nothing more than equal portions of lemonade and your favorite beer (wheat or a light beer being recommended!) You may want to add more lemonade with a light beer, or less with a wheat beer. If you have a sweet tooth, add a teaspoon of sugar! Most importantly, let your taste buds be your guide.
Have fun! Stay cool! Cheers!
Sustainable, Renewable…. Homebrewed Beer Soap May 03, 2017 00:00
We often get the question, “Is your Beer Soap made from by-products of beer?” So today, we are going to dive deep into answering that question.
There are three main by-products from brewing beer: spent (aka used) grains, hops, and yeast. We use two of these three in our soaps. Spent grain is added to our Spiced Ale Beer Soap, while spent hops (which are also homegrown) are add to all of our IPA soaps. Both are added as texture to the soaps to aide in exfoliation and smoothing rougher areas of your skin..(think feet!) Learn how to dry your own spent grain HERE!
Now what about the beer? Are we ‘wasting’ beer to make soap? We DO actually use the beer. A lot of beer is wasted when it goes down the drain during keg transfer and tap line clearing. So, we use that otherwise 'wasted' beer to make our beer soap.
So the answer is yes. We use the by-products of brewing beer as much as possible! Now you can confidently know that by using our soaps, you are keeping beer from going down the drain, and grains / hops from going into the land fill.
Bathing With Brew has never been so much fun!
Confessions of a Homebrewer's Wife: Vocabulary Lesson - Mashing and Wort May 01, 2017 00:00 1 Comment
On this episode of Confessions of a Homebrewer's Wife, I discuss Mashing and Wort in the Home-brewed Beer process. Leave your questions and comments below!
Need tips for brewing with kids? Click HERE!
Handbrewed Soaps are in Ohio, Wisconsin, Montana, Los Angeles and San Francisco! April 27, 2017 00:00
We are so pleased to welcome five new stores to our wholesale family. What does that mean for you? Well, you can now get Handbrewed Soaps locally! Woo-hoo! May I introduces:
The Birch Tree Furniture
The Birch Tree Furniture is a family owned, local business out of Canton, Ohio. They specialize in ‘different’, from custom furniture to accessories. They strive to find the best, hottest and most unique items in home decor.
Brick and Mortar Home and Outdoor
This great store was established in 2009. Located in Lake Geneva, WI, this shop is known for keeping in mind a modern take on the “Home.” Their store sets an example of quality, style, and personality. From bedding to sofas to beer and wine soap, their wide range of style and prices will excite every visitor!
Da Vinci LA
DAVINCI, based in Los Angeles, CA, is a custom furniture and design house where the owners share their enthusiasm for helping clients large and small, boardroom to living room, realize their own design dreams. DAVINCI is a Minority Business Enterprise where everything is made in the USA.
Toucan Arts is an art gallery, gift boutique, and custom picture framing shop in Billings, Montana. This great establishment is dedicated to making art and the creative spirit available to everyone. They also provide education in art, creativity, design, and media through Toucan Academy.
Whistle is located in the Sunset district of San Francisco. This great store offers a fun and eclectic mix of international housewares, gifts and accessories. Whistle's products are hand-selected by shop owner Katie G., a veteran buyer and merchandiser for several of the Bay Area's premier retail establishments!
Handmade Tea Soap Giveaway April 21, 2017 07:30 3 Comments
That’s right, we are giving away our latest and greatest: The Tea Time Soap Collection! Why you ask? Well, we are in love with their new look! If you are fans of ours, you will know that we have been making tea soap since the beginning. But I always felt that there was something not quite right about the packaging. After months of deliberation, I had an ‘AHHA’ moment and I knew what the packaging needed…. it needed to look like tea! Now, each soap is packed in a tea bag (which I think is pretty damn cute!) And guess what, you can win a set! All you have to do is one of the following. If you do all three, you have three chances of winning. Here’s the details:
The contest will run on April 26 from 9:00am to 11:59pm( PST).
Sign-up for our VIP newsletter. Don’t worry, I won’t be emailing you everyday (you can do that right now!!!) Here you get deals and specials before everyone else. If you already are signed up, you are entered into the drawing automatically. (Make sure you confirm you signed up in your email or your entry doesn’t count.) Most importantly, you get 10% off for just signing up! That's a gift right there!!!
Like our Facebook Page and tag a friend on the giveaway post. Tell them in the comments why you appreciate them.
Like our Instagram Page and tag a friend on the giveaway post. Tell them in the comments why you appreciate them.
So good luck everyone! I’m so excited to send (the winner) a set!
Eligibility… The promotion is open to any legal U.S. residents residing in any of the 50 United States, who are 21 years of age or older.
All the comments posted after 11:59 PM PST on April 26 will not be eligible to win.
WINNING AND NOTIFICATION… One winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries from the giveaway post. The winner will be declared in the post the day after the contest ends and he/she should contact us within one week to claim their prize. The winner will also be contacted by us!
Confessions of a Homebrewer's Wife: What's Up With Hops? April 11, 2017 14:15 2 Comments
In this episode, we discuss everything I've learned about hops; how they grow, what they do to beer, and how to use them in other ways!
I'd love to hear how you use hops!
Provisions Sutter Creek: A Great Place to Taste Local Beer April 03, 2017 00:00
We were in Sutter Creek, CA recently, and we happened to stumble on a great taproom called Provisions. It's a family owned specialty food store / draft beer bottle shop / taproom that’s also a live music venue. It’s all set up in an historic 147-year-old building. And the best thing (at least for us) it's kid friendly!
There's two main rooms to Provisions. On one side you have your specialty food store that has a collection of amazing foods and bottled beer. In the adjacent room, there's a taproom. If you choose to eat food you purchased from the store in the taproom, they'll happily put the food on platters. The taproom has a great selection of local beers from the Amador County and Sacramento area. We had a lot of fun trying the different beers and the kids were entertained by playing various games that you can borrowed.
In the evenings, they have live music. Check their Facebook page to see who's playing. When we were there, they were having a record listening party of the great musicians that died in 2016. It was a great way to tribute some amazing performers. The owners were exceptionally friendly and very informative about the local sites in the area and beer.
Our team at Handbrewed Soaps (Eric and I) give Provisions 4 stars for their beer selection and a rating of 4.5 stars for the overall experience! (See our rating system standards!) So if you're in the area, go check them out.
5 Ways to Incorporate Beer Into Your Wedding March 29, 2017 00:00
You love each other, and you love beer! So why not combine them on your wedding day? Here are some fun ways to do it:
1) Invitations: Think coasters, beer bottle labels
2) Venue: Get married in or have your reception in a brewery! Better yet, create your own beer garden! Hey Oaklanders, Ale Industries rents out their brewery!
3) Bouquets / Boutonnieres: Hops are a great addition to any bouquets or boutonniere. Try adding some wisps of grain as well!
4) Gifts: Give your wedding party (or all of your guests) something they can use for weeks to come... beer soap (of course I had to plug them)! We even make custom labels! You can buy them in quantities of 26, 50 or 100!
5) Honeymoon: Go where the beer is! Oregon is a great place to go. I mean isn’t there a brewery on every street corner? Well at least in Bend, Oregon there is. And there’s plenty of hop fields to visit as well!
Let us know how you incorporate beer into your wedding!
Photo Credit: celebration society
Confessions of a Homebrewer's Wife: Three Ways To Involve Kids On Brew Day March 24, 2017 00:00
Brew day is a family event around here and the kids love to be involved. Believe it our not, there are things they can be involved with:
They mill the grains, add the ingredients, and even taste the wort. They certainly have a blast. These brew days create many memories. They allow our family to slow down from the hustle and bustle of life, and enjoy one another while making great beer!
We'd love to hear how you involve your kids on brew day!
Confessions From A Homebrewer's Wife: What Does Brewing Beer Mean? March 17, 2017 00:00
I'll be honest, as a homebrewer's wife, I often get lost in the process of brewing beer. From the recipes to the equipment, I get a little overwhelmed. So, I've decided to start a support group for the significant other of the homebrewer. Brewing beer (especially as a family) is one for the coolest things. Because it's an all day affair, it allows us to unplug and spend time together. But there are definitely issues that arise (such as storage issues, waste issues, etc.) that I would love to discuss with others. If you find yourself in a similar situation, please join me on this journey... I'd love to hear your thoughts on this great hobby!
Beer Soap and Wine Soap Coming To A Town Near YOU! March 13, 2017 00:00
Can’t find beer soap or wine soap in any local stores near you? Well, hold up! Handbrewed Soaps would like to introduce three stores that have joined the Handbrewed Soaps Wholesale Family.
Meet Clever Element based out of Carlsbad, CA. This shop started because the boss lady Andreea strongly believes in the power of opportunity- opportunity for artists, both locally and around the world, to self-sustain through their craft, and to grow and share their passion with the world. Her store provides this opportunity by welcoming in artists from California to artisan co-ops from India, Guatemala, Romania, Nepal and more.
Meet HYDEN YOO out of Venice, CA! Hyden Yoo is the creative head of his namesake label since 2008. The Hyden Yoo Brand is known for subtle detailing, clean lines, with special attention to fit and fabric at accessible price-points.
And last but not least, meet Feather Boutique out of Senoia, Georgia. Where Shabby Chic meets Country Couture, this store is described as the best western boutique in town.
So, Welcome, Welcome, Welcome! If you live in these areas, go mosey on over and say hi. While you’re at it, support these awesome stores by buying something… Mother’s and Father’s Day are around the corner! 😘 Find other stores near you by clicking HERE!
4 Uses For Spent Grain February 27, 2017 13:26
Brewers are always faced with the question, “What do I do with my spent grain?” If you are anything like us, we hate to throw it away. So, we’ve provided you with some alternatives to keeping that spent grain out of the landfill.
Compost: Most cities have a compost program where a company will pick up compost for you. If not, start a compost yourself if you have the space in your backyard. Your garden will thank you.
Dog Treats: As long as these grains haven’t come into contact with hops, you’re good to go. (Hops are toxic to dogs.) Dry the grain out (instructions here,) add some peanut butter and BAM... doggy treat heaven!
Bake With Them: You can make bread, pretzels, or pizza crust out of them. It’s high in fiber and protein.
Bathe With Them: Add it to your handmade soap. We use our spent grain in our Spiced Ale Beer Soap. The spent grain acts as text that helps remove dead skin cells.
We hope this helps you decide what to do with your spent grain!
The BEST Smelling IPA Homebrewed Beer Soap EVER!!! (AKA Fierce Soap Meets Beer SOAP) February 23, 2017 16:07
‘Get Some’ Beer Soap by far is the best smelling beer soap I've ever smelled. It’s scent is pretty damn close to Abercrombie & Fitch's Fierce Cologne. Think grain, cardamom, lemon, orange and fir. YUM!!!
When my husband bathe’s with this beer soap, I always joke with him that he might be ‘gettin’ some’ that night (wink wink)!
To top off this amazing scented soap, we add homegrown cascade hops as an exfoliant. Believe it our not, we grow 11 different varieties of hops in our backyard.
So get a bar of our 'Get Some' IPA Beer Soap and let me know how your evening goes 😳… and while you're at it, try our Tobacco IPA and or Unscented IPA. We’ve also conveniently packaged them in a Three Pack for you!
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