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Monday, 16 September 2013

Well I never! Do you know this? Steeping

I make my own e liquid and I admit I am rarely on Forums so I'm sure there are huge holes in my knowledge; but I never knew about this! (Thank you Cool Breeze)

When I say I make my own e liquid, I mix a base. I fill my tank with base and add flavouring. Maybe I should change my method of production. I think I'm missing out!

"Essentially steeping (in the context that we are interested in, i.e. for e-liquids), is a process, or number of processes, used to blend, age and mature an e-liquid, to the point where the best flavour can be obtained from vaping it.

Steeping will provide the best possible flavour from our e-juice by rounding out any harsh flavours, blending multiple flavours together, developing, maturing or ageing flavours. Flavourings need to completely diffuse into the base liquid.

In addition, air is required to interact with the e-liquid, this causes oxidation, replenishing the air in the bottle will help oxidation and in turn quicken steeping, leaving the cap off helps (but make sure it is in a safe position, out of the reach of children and pets). As an e-liquid steeps it will normally darken, this can be an indication as to when an e-liquid has matured, and usually the higher the Nicotine strength, the darker your e-liquid will turn.

This is a recommendation for all e-liquids not just ours, all will improve with some steeping, manufacturers usually bottle as soon as an e-liquid is made, this halts the steeping process to a degree, employing the “cap off and dark warm place method”, will improve 99.9% of e-liquids."

And there follows  Various methods used to steep e-liquids

Time

The first and most traditional method of steeping is “Time”. Leaving the top off the bottle (allowing air to get to it) will steep and improve an e-liquid by itself, this is usually done by placing the opened bottle in a warm dark place for anything from a day or two up to a week, occasionally giving the bottle a squeeze to expel the air in it and replenish it with fresh air. Benefits are naturally steeped and matured juice, disadvantage, the length of time it takes.
Steeping however, in particular the time element, can be reduced by also employing a number of additional methods.

Agitation

Vigourous shaking, stirring, etc will help, allow time for the air bubbles to rise to the surface and then repeat again (as many times as you want).

Water Bath Heating

Putting the bottle of juice in a warm (not hot) water bath will shorten the time it takes to mature an e-liquid, it firstly thins the e-liquid and allows interchange and fusion at a molecular level. However, HEAT is an enemy of Nicotine, it will degrade the Nicotine content if too hot. WARM not HOT water is advised.

Microwave

Be sure to take the cap off first!
Another method of heating is a microwave. This acts like above, but also has another action thought to do with increased molecular particle fusion when e-liquid is blasted with microwaves. Once again, Heat is an enemy of Nicotine, so use in short 1 sec bursts to get it warm, not hot. 

Using any (or a combination) of the above methods and then allowing time in a warm dark place, will improve any e-liquid considerably. This isn’t something I’ve tried myself, but having read quite a lot of forums and discussion boards/Facebook, Reddit etc, I know this is a very popular method.

How long do I let an e-liquid steep?

The answer is “as long as it takes”. No two e-liquids are the same, or will taste the same to you or me. Not only are peoples’ taste buds different, also the time that they have been tobacco smoke free will make a difference. Someone who still smoke the occasional “cigarette” may not realise it, but their taste buds will not be in “tip top” condition compared to someone who has not smoked a cigarette for weeks, months or even years. 

Only you can say when an e-liquid tastes “great” it may be as little as a day or two, but, you will have to experiment, one thing is definite, given time to mature and using some of the methods above, they will improve from the first opening of a bottle.

This is a recommendation for all e-liquids not just ours, all will improve with some steeping, manufacturers usually bottle as soon as an e-liquid is made, this halts the steeping process to a degree, employing the “cap off and dark warm place method”, will improve 99.9% of e-liquids. Because we make all e-liquids “fresh to order”, you can be sure that the e-liquid you purchase from us has not been sitting around in a store room for months. This means that every bottle of e-liquid you purchase from us will be at the same point, so you can repeat the process which suits you best and get the same result.