How to steep e-liquid?

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  1. dunemachine

    dunemachine New Member

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    I plan to buy Tmaxx's No Frills mLs juice when my current batch runs low, but it says that you have to steep the liquid yourself. I've looked online and found several methods for steeping e liquid, but what works well for you guys?
     
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    gopher_byrd Cranky Old Fart VU Donator Gold Contributor Member For 3 Years ECF Refugee

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    For tried and true recipes, I just do time in a cool, dark place. I don't use the various rituals like heat or ultrasonic. For a new recipe, I'll try some right after mixing, then throw it in the closet and sample periodically after that.
     
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    Thanks for the tip! How long would you normally keep it in a cool, dark place?
     
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    gopher_byrd Cranky Old Fart VU Donator Gold Contributor Member For 3 Years ECF Refugee

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    It depends on the flavors used. Custards, creams, and some bakeries need a week or two. Fruit only flavors are shake and vape. That's the great thing about DIY, I always have juice ready to vape. I haven't bought pre-made vendor juice for almost 3 years.
     
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    Yep good ole father time....
     
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    Hmm.. being the impatient bastard that I am, I’ll probably just spend the few extra bucks for juices that are ready to go.
     
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    li_vaper21 Bronze Contributor Member For 1 Year

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    I usually keep glass bottles in the back on my drawer for about a week or so.
    Every day or every other day I will open the bottle to let it breath for a few.
    close it back up, (obviously) and shake it up to see the bubbles.
     
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    Jimi Diamond Contributor Member For 3 Years

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    When I am in a real hurry I use a crock pot 4 hrs @150 degrees. If not I let time do it's thing
     
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    I am currently using a desk lamp with an incandescent bulb to heat my DIY e-Liquids to about 100°F which Speeds up infusion and I can have e-Liquids ready to vape in 48-72 hours depending on the flavor. I have used the hot water method and can have e-Liquids ready in 4-5 hours like @Jimi
     
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    zeeter Bronze Contributor Member For 1 Year

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    I let mine sit for a month with occasional shakes. Sometimes I'll let them breathe, but I read recently that it is only necessary to breathe if there is AP in them.

    One thing I never do is try them before letting them mature. It's like pouring a cup of coffee before the pot is finished brewing. You'll get the best flavoring because the PG is at the top and after sitting for a while it will taste different.
     
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    SteveS45 Diamond Contributor Member For 2 Years ECF Refugee

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    I use a simple method to test when e-Liquid has had enough time to infuse. Shake the bottle and look at the contents. If you can see layers or the different ingredients are still separated they have not infused so it needs more time. Heating with a desk lamp will speed the process up so in 3-4 days it is ready. An incandescent bulb does not produce UV Light so there is no oxidation of the Nicotine.



    None of my DIY e-Liquid has ever tasted like Butt so i must be doing something right.
     
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    How this "hot water method" works, and please, say like if you were explaining it for a child :) Lol
     
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    I used to use Hot Water (Never higher than 150°F) but found that to be a PIA constantly filling the water. Although I can get a mix ready in about 4-5 hours like that I switched to the desk lamp because I leave it and give it a shake now and then. I am an impatient PIA myself but I am never in a rush with my e-Liquids anymore, time is the best infuser but you can speed it up.
     
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    zeeter Bronze Contributor Member For 1 Year

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    Heat makes the molecules in the liquid react and move faster than they normally would. As they move about the container more rapidly they cling to other molecules, eventually making the final solution. This happens naturally over time, but adding heat accelerates the process. I do not use this process, preferring the natural method of putting it up in a cupboard and letting it sit.

    I wouldn't heat the e-liquid. This changes the chemical composition of the ingredients. There's a difference between keeping the e-liquid in a dark, warm place and actually applying heat to it.
     
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    Edited my prior response.
     

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