If you vape, you may have heard of the term “steeping.” Most people would associate this term with teas, beers, and other food that requires extraction. In the case of eJuices, steeping your eJuice is a way to age the e-liquid.
The process of steeping removes the bottled taste from the juice if you’re using it straight out of the vape shop. This also helps remove the alcohol that comes with the e-liquid through oxidation. This allows the VP/PG base, nicotine, and flavourings in the eJuice to mix well.
Should You Steep Your eJuice?
While steeping is not a necessity, it is a cheap and straightforward way to improve your vaping experience. It brings out the best flavour from your vape juice regardless of the vaporiser you are using. However, if you are already using a DIY eJuice, you certainly need to steep your eJuice to avoid the chemical taste it may have as you vape.
The steeping process includes degasification and evaporation of particular compounds. You may notice a change in the flavour of the eJuice afterwards. Complex blends are also known to taste better after being steeped.
How Long Should You Steep It For?
eJuice flavours age differently and require different amounts of time. Some liquids should be vaped immediately instead of being steeped, while others require more steep time. You can adjust the final taste from steeping according to your personal preference and palate.
You can follow these general rules when it comes to steeping eJuice flavours:
- Tobacco and menthol e-liquids are best steeped in one to two days.
- Fruit flavours require more time to steep. That’s around 3 to 4 days.
- Complex dessert flavours may need one week to one month. Some people recommend two months while others recommend only 2 to 4 weeks.
After the steeping process, the liquid will darken due to nicotine oxidisation.
The Steeping Process
The general steeping process includes heating the eJuice and shaking it to encourage mixing and exposing it to air for oxidation. There are several approaches to this process, including:
The Simplest Storage Method
The simplest method to steep your eJuice is to store it in a dark and cool place for weeks. You will occasionally shake the bottle and expose it to air for oxidation during this time. This process may be time-consuming, but it does not require heat.
Warm Water Bath Method
In this method, you will use a deep bowl with warm water. The water should not be too hot that it scalds your elbow when you test it. You will put your bottles in a sealed ziplock bag and put them in the bowl.
When the water bottle is cooled to room temperature, remove your bottles, and uncap them to allow gasses to dispel. Close the bottles again and shake them.
This method needs a crockpot or slow cooker. Put your eJuice bottles in a ziplock bag and allow as much air out of the bag as possible. With your crockpot, put on low, put in your bottles, and leave them for at least 30 minutes to an hour. Uncap the bottles to let them breathe and cap them again before shaking.
This method requires a microwave oven. Just put your bottles in the microwave running on high for 10 seconds. Uncap your bottles to allow them to breathe after. Cap them again and shake well. Let it cool before use or repeat if needed.
Steeping eJuices are common practice. If you have been using eJuices right out of the bottle, you will undoubtedly notice a difference in taste with steeping. It is a process that does not need to be stressful as long as you are patient. The reward is an improved and better-tasting vape that you will savour.
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