How to steep E-Liquid?
What is steeping?
Steeping it’s a process that allows the flavours in your mix such as Flavouring, VG, PG and Nicotine to blend and combine creating a better and stronger flavoured E-Liquid and it’s the combination of steeping techniques that best speed this process up.
Some of the ingredients in e-liquid are very slow to mix, VG in particular so it can take a great deal of time before the liquid is mixed well enough to provide the the best flavour profile. (Don’t forget VG is what creates the clouds)
After creating your mix in most cases it’s necessary to steep your freshly mixed e-liquid, when you give your mix a shake it may appear that the flavours have combined and blended sufficiently but really they haven’t yet.
Letting your e-liquid steep gives time for the flavours to merge in an efficient and effective way creating a well-rounded flavour. The science behind steeping is frankly very murky but almost everyone who’s mixed E-Liquid can tell you that the flavour of liquids improved dramatically in the weeks after its it’s first mixed. Here are some techniques that can help this process.
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How to steep E-liquid?
How to steep E-liquid Method 1: Storing and shaking.
Towards the end of your mix once all the ingredients are mixed together grab a syringe or pipette and thoroughly swirl it around to help the blending of the flavours. What you can also do is suck the mix in and out of the syringe or the pipette multiple times again this will help to fully combine all the elements that have gone into the liquid. After you’ve transferred the liquid into A bottle give your e-liquid a vigorous Shake.
How to steep E-liquid Method 2: Storing
Place your liquid in a dark dry and cool place for 3 to 4 days or longer depending on the recommended steeping provided by your recipe. Take it out a couple of times a day to give it a thorough shake and then place it back in your storage place. Repeat this daily until the recommended sleeping has past or until you deem fit for your E-Liquid.
How to steep E-liquid Method 3: Warm water
Fill up a beaker or a bath or a suitable sized container with warm to the touch but not hot water. It’s important to insure that you do not use very hot water as this may cause nicotine and other ingredients used in your mix to degrade.
Place your bottle into the warm water and allow it to sit for around 10-minutes. Take it out and give it a thorough shake and place it back into the water and repeat until the water is cold. With this method you can repeat the whole cycle as many times as necessary.
Steeping your E-liquid in general is subjective to each mix so finding the best method and how to do this will be down to you.
These techniques can I help you get a good result more quickly but ultimately for some e-liquids nothing is more important than time. Keeping records of the steeping time needed for your mixes to be by at at their best will help you plan your you’re mixing schedule and insure you never run out of your favourite juice. Always have a number of different E-liquids on hand with different steeping times written on the bottle label so you can refer to at a later date.
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VG and PG table of contents
What is VG and PG?
Vegetable glycerine and propylene glycol (VG and PG) are the two main ingredients in E-Liquid. Add flavouring and nicotine and that’s it. VG is an organic compound and is extracted from plants such as coconuts it is used widely throughout the medical pharmaceutical and Food Industries for a a variety of purposes.
The food industry uses VG as a preservative and thickening agent. Medical Pharmaceutical Industries use it 4 things like cough syrups, toothpastes and various different skin care products. Cosmetic companies use VG most commonly in moisturisers as it helps the skin retain its natural moisture.
What is Propylene Glycol?
Propylene Glycol is a synthetic liquid substance that absorbs water. PG is used by the Chemical food and pharmaceutical Industries and is classified as an additive that is recognised as safe for use in food. Furthermore it’s so safe that it is used as the carrier liquid for many types of of intravenous medicine in other words, it’s safe enough to be used in injections.
What is Vegetable Glycerin?
Vegetable Glycerin is much thicker than PG like cough syrup where PG is much thinner like water. Because of the thickness VG is what creates the majority of the Vapour and cloud. The higher the percentage of Vegetable Glycerin in a E-Liquid the more vapour it will produce.
What is a base Mix?
A base mix is a mixture of VG and PG combined to create a what we call in the Vaping world a Base Mix. Its suitable for Bottle Flavour Shots where the flavour in the bottle (PG) will contribute to the VG/PG mixture in the bottle. The final outcome will be the ratio you want.
Is VG safe to Vape?
Vegetable Glycerine is considered safe for human consumption and is found in many everyday food items. Vegetable Glycerine should be USP or BP Pharmaceutical grade with a 99.9% or higher rating.
VG and PG Ratios
PG provides most of the throat hit and is much better at carrying the flavouring too. Personal taste will dictate what ratio in an e liquid that you will select. This is set out as percentages. Equal amounts such as 50% of each and is referred to as 50/50. Bear in mind that both the flavouring and the the nicotine count towards that PG percentage in a mix as they are usually supplied diluted in PG. This will reduce the amount of pure PG that is added to the mix.
What is VG and PG your E-liquid?
If you are looking for more cloud then the percentage of Vegetable Glycerin needs to be increased. This will result in liquids with the mix like 60/40, 70/30 or even 80/20 . As PG delivers more throat hit (that burning sensation at the back of your throat), it’s less common to get juices with more PG and VG as there is much less demand for this.
Making your own E-liquid
Very few companies make a high PG version of their liquids and when they do it’s normally in very limited range flavours. If that is something you’re looking for, making your own e-liquid isn’t difficult at all. If you can follow a simple cooking recipe, you can make your own e-liquid but until you’re ready to take the next step knowing the difference between ratios should help you decide what juice is right for you.
Can i Vape pure VG?
VG is thick and gloopy and you may have trouble for the VG to wick your coils so you can vape it. A VG base that is 100% VG is very thick and difficult to vape effectively.
Will Vaping pure Vegetable Glycerine (VG) gunk up my coils?
The VG ratio of your mixture can contribute towards your coil heads life span as VG is sweet and contains some natural sugars. Your coils will have trouble wicking and will contribute towards a ‘dry hit’.
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