Making your own e-liquid has become a popular trend for people who vape. Many do not know the benefits of steeping your e-liquid. With that said, here’s some basic information about what steeping is and how you can do this yourself for a better tasting vape.
What Is Steeping?
Steeping can be compared to how wine or liquor makers age their product before they sell it. In the same way, the flavor concentrate mixes with the Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG) over time. A flavor that has just been mixed will taste different than a flavor that has been given time to mix and bond together. The steeping process begins as soon as you mix your juice.
Why Does Steeping Change the Flavor
It takes time for the PG and VG to soak up the flavor molecules that you mix together. The time that you let these chemicals bond and mix will greatly improve the flavor of your final product. If you want to get the most flavor possible out of your creation, steeping is a must. If you do not have the patience to let your new creation sit for long periods of time, you’ll miss out on all the benefits of steeping.
Tips for Steeping
After you have mixed your new concoction let it sit for a couple of weeks in a cool, dark place. You should shake the mixture up once a day and run the bottle under some warm water. Every few days you should leave the cap off the bottle and let it breathe for a couple of hours. When you put the cap back on try to squeeze any excess air out of the bottle. The different flavors will take different amounts of time to reach peak flavor. Fruit flavors generally take the least, followed by tobacco flavors, with the sweet dessert flavors taking the longest amount of time.
A standard minimum for steeping is generally two weeks, but you can do this process as need be. It’s recommended to get the best flavor possible. If you’ve the patience, try to steep your next batch and see the difference that it makes in your e-liquid.