In case you didn't catch on by now, much of our inspiration comes from making beer. I would say about 150% of our lives have to do with beer somehow.... So we figured, what better way to share our joy for hand crafting recipes than to dig into some of our background, processes, and how it all correlates with running a candle business?
I became a huge fan of craft beer while living in Fort Collins, Colorado for several years. My weekends (and shamelessly many weekday afternoons) were consumed by brewery tours and pint sipping at New Belgium, Odell, Equinox, Funkwerks, and the list goes on as more awesome breweries have been introduced over the years. I guess you could say going to college in a brewery town made it pretty easy to learn about the industry and figure out what flavors/styles tickled my fancy.
But I was really in for it when I met Jonathan. He taught me how to properly identify flavors and pick apart ingredients, and introduced me to the science behind the process. On the surface, it's crazy to think that we just drink this delicious stuff so casually, when hours of labor and complex science go into making it.
In its essence, candle making is very similar to brewing beer.
It may seem like mastering candle making is easy, as if you just add some scent to some wax and pour it into containers. But anyone who has ever tried it knows that it takes more than a few tries to determine what combination of methods work best for your combination of ingredients. With soy wax specifically, it can be very difficult to achieve a pleasant aesthetic & aroma. There are many variables that come into play, such as cold/hot "throw" -this term is used to describe the strength of fragrance for a candle. How the candle smells while the wax is solid is called cold throw, while how much aroma is given off after it has been lit is called hot throw. It can be dramatically effected by the smallest adjustments in temperature, how long you stir, how much you add, how quickly you stir, etc.
Whether brewing beer or candles, you have to add in ingredients that create fragrance and color, and you must do so at specific times to achieve your desired end result. The smallest adjustments can totally change the final product. For example, adding hops at the beginning of a boil produces bitterness, hop additions in the middle of the boil adds flavor, and adding at the end of boil results in whatever nose profile you're wanting to achieve. Let's say the temperature isn't right though; it can't capture the essences you are looking for! If we pour ingredients into our wax at even a few degrees hotter or colder than what we've found works, our finished product could be effected drastically. The same goes for pouring the finished mixture into our containers. Funky business like surface blemishes and lack of scent are impossible to avoid until you identify how all of these factors, including altitude, come into play.
Needless to say, we truly enjoy our creative fields.
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PS- We've been brewing up lots of tasty beer, from hazy New England style IPAs, Sours, to rich stouts. If you're in the Chicagoland area, stay tuned for our future beer tastings from your friends at Euphoric Junket/More Brewing.