PDA

View Full Version : Mead Soap vs Honey/Comb Soap



CatSoCo
07-04-2017, 11:31 PM
Hi there,

This is my first post, so please forgive me if I'm asking the wrong question or in the wrong spot. I did a couple of searches before posting, but didn't find what I'm here to have answered, which is What is the difference between Mead Soap and just Honey Soap or Honeycomb Soap?

I realize this may be just a soap question that belongs only on a soapmaker's forum, but perhaps not. My friend, who owns the company I work for, is interested in including mead soap in her product line, so we're in information-gathering mode. I thought this might be a good place to start.

Has anyone here ever made soap from their mead?



Thank you,
Maryann
Social Media Director
Catskill Soap Company (CatSoCo)

darigoni
07-05-2017, 07:56 AM
Have you checked the soap making forums?

http://www.soapmakingforum.com/showthread.php?t=39728

http://www.soapmakingforum.com/showthread.php?t=23030

Looks like the difference is that "mead soap" is made with mead, where as honey and honey comb soap is made with "honey and honey comb" :-)

Mead soap sounds like an expensive way to get honey into your soap, but unless you control the fermentation the honey will have all been converted to alcohol. And I think you'd want to boil the alcohol off when you are making the soap. So, you'd probably end up using more honey during the soap making process.

Unless you use the mead before it is siphoned off the "lees", it will also have the dead yeast, nutrients additives (flavorings) that can go into mead.

Stasis
07-05-2017, 11:19 AM
But the taste doesn't come from the sugars, so it's ok to ferment off most of the sugars. After fermentation there are still "plenty" of sugars left though.
By fermenting the honey into mead then evaporating the alcohol and water I think you might end up with a more concentrated end product aroma-wise. If excessive sugars are not needed then this is a plus. It seems expensive to ferment the honey since you're losing a lot of the sugars/honey, but if you want to remove the sugars anyway somehow then it might be equivalent in cost.
The aroma of a mead soap and honey soap would probably also be different even after you filter your mead. Or perhaps you might not want to filter your mead too much to create a more obvious mead-like soap. While we might ferment mead with a non-neutral yeast and say that the yeast did not provide esters of their own, I highly suspect the difference will be noticeable once you boil the mead down. In order to minimize this you might want to ferment with a very neutral yeast or you might have something with wine-like or beer-like flavors/aromas. or perhaps it is desirable to have some wine-like aromas in a mead soap..

Anyway, that's a lot of speculation because I never tried a mead soap before. I suspect you'll need a good mead maker and plenty of experimentation in order to really nail a mead soap.

Shelley
07-09-2017, 07:41 AM
When I kickstarted Mead Magic, I gave my friend at Avital's Apiaries (https://shopavitals.com/) a bottle of mead, and she used it in a custom made soap that I then gave as one of the backer reward levels. Her other soaps and lotions use beeswax or honey. I'm sure if your friend contacted her (info@avitalsapiaries.com), she'd be happy to share her experiences.