3 Key Ways to Tell Your E-Juice Has Been Properly Steeped
Steeping e-juice is a very common process among vapers. It is the process of allowing your vape juice to oxidize and mix thoroughly together. Steeping ensures that the ingredients like PG, VG, nicotine (unless the e-juice has 0% nicotine) and flavorings are not only well blended but also oxidized enough so that harsh compounds like alcohol can be evaporated. It is essentially the same concept as aging a bottle of wine. In most cases with sweeter and clearer juice, you will only need to open the bottle and allow it to sit for a few days.
Be sure to keep in mind when buying your juice; that often or not your juice has not been steeped. One quick and easy way to test your juice is to smell it. Some e-liquids have an alcohol base in their flavorings. Most times you would be able to smell it and determine whether you should let your juice oxidize for a few days. If that deems necessary, simply remove the top of your bottle and wait for around 2 to 5 days depending on preference. There are also a few other ways to steep your juice including sitting your bottle in a cool place with low lighting for a week or so as well as, soaking your juice in a container full of warm water until the water reaches room temperature. You will then remove your juice and let it sit with no lid until you feel it is ready.
Most times when you buy e-liquid it gets to you practically brand-new. All the flavors and different ingredients probably have not had enough time to sit and mix together. One way to tell if your juice has been properly aged, mixed or steeped is to taste your juice upon reception. Most flavorings tend to be a little harsh at first, not to mention the PG, VG and nicotine are still extremely ripe. When tasting your juice if you get an odd are is that it probably needs to sit for a while and oxidize to ensure a smooth taste and inhale.
Finally, whether your juice is steeped properly or not steeped at all is solely based on the vaper’s preferences. Some vapers may prefer a harsher inhale or taste while some may want the smoothest experience possible. The main thing to remember when steeping is that stronger flavors that require a heavier medium may need to be set out longer than a clear fruity flavor. You can also remove the top or dropper from your bottle of vape juice and place it in a container with some lukewarm water. Leave it there until the water reaches room temperature. Once you get to this point place your lid back on to your bottle and sit it in a cool area with low lighting while shaking your bottle occasionally and after a day or so you should be ready to go.
You will want to make sure you give some room when steeping e-liquid to ensure you find the right taste for you. All you need is some warm water and a cool dry place for your juice to sit. In short, don't be afraid to experiment with new techniques. Find your center!
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