E Liquid Steeping Guide
What is e Liquid Steeping?
Steeping "is the soaking in liquid of a solid, so as to extract flavours or to soften it"
Steeping in our case is a process or the many processes the e liquid goes through in order to extract the BEST flavour for vaping.
Imagine a cup of tea - it's always best when the leaves are steeped in hot water to release the flavour and nutrients before drinking - when it's brewed properly it make for the perfect cuppa.
This concept can be applied to how we steep our liquids to extract the very best out of them. Before they're ready to be used, we need to remove the harsh edges and round them off by maturing or ageing them.
In my experience, steeping always enhances the flavour of the liquid - I have yet to find a combination it hasn't worked for and will keep you posted on this one.
There are a number of ways to steep your liquids and the results may vary depending on each method. In order to obtain the best results we recommend that the flavouring is allowed sufficient time to infuse with the type of base liquid before steeping.
For the most natural way to steep your liquid, place your bottle in a warm, dark room and leave the cap off
the bottle allowing the air to it.
You can leave it standing for anything from a day to as long as a month if you prefer.
If you leave to stand for longer than a day it is advised to replenish the liquid with fresh air daily by
squeezing it gently to expel the old stuff.
The major disadvantage of this method is the length of time it may take your liquid to steep before
reaping the results.
However, if you decide to steep this way, the benefits are you would have produced an all round
"naturally" matured juice.
Tom discusses the time it takes our e liquid to steep here.
007's Shaken but not Stirred! is not the case here.
Shake it and stir it up for the air bubbles to surface and then keep repeating this process as many times
as you want for the flavour to enhance.
WATER BATH HEATING
We advise you to use a warm bath as our friend, Nicotine is not one for sizzling hot temperatures.
When it becomes too hot, its contents will degrade.
The warm water bath aids the juice in thinning the liquid to infuse all the flavours together on a molecular level,
maturing the juice at a much faster rate.
Blasting your liquid in the microwave with the lid off will also do the trick.
Remember not to overheat our Nicotine friend. Blast him in short bursts of a second each to reach a
comfortable temperature for best results.
A top tip is to use a glass container as opposed to the standard plastic dropper bottle as these will melt
or even explode in the microwave.
The pulses of vibration energy helps bond the molecules of liquid together at a very fast rate - if time is
not on your side this is the way to go.
It has been said this process can cut your steeping time of two weeks to a single day.
You may choose to use a warm bath with or just simply on its own - it's down to your personal preference.
Our team have trialled and tested all the above methods and found that using them in conjunction with each other produces the best results.
By allowing the liquid to mature naturally in the final stages offers a more robust flavour in most, if not all the e juices we have produced so far.
Steeping improves the flavour of each juice since no two juices are the same. Each and every single juice can be steeped as much or as little as you wish.
Time is the most traditional method of steeping but with modern day technology, smart electronic devices such as the ones listed above can be used to speed up the process. Whichever method you choose to steep your e liquids, it is always best to leave your e-Liquid to steep naturally.
We would advised against the water bath, microwave and ultrasonic methods when steeping pre-made juices containing nicotine.
Why? Because heat is a nicotine killer. I cannot stress enough how heat will severely degrade the strength, especially if exposed to temperatures of 30C and above.
And the best advice of all is.......
When buying pre-made ejuices, we recommend you plan ahead allowing your next purchase enough time to steep naturally whilst you finish your current batch. As the old saying goes, "all good things come to those who wait!" which is especially true and just here.
We hope you will put some of the above steeping methods to good use and please do send us your creative steeping stories for us to share with your fellow vapors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck and happy steeping for now!