What is Steeping E-Liquid, is it hard and how can I do it?
What is Steeping E-Liquid, is it hard and how can I do it?
Steeping E-Liquid is only required for E-Liquid “doublers” & our “easy-mix” option, the user simply needs to allow the E-Liquid mellow out after mixing the doubler, steeping allows the flavour molecules to bond together with the users freshly mixed PG/VG and nicotine. The longer the user waits the better the flavour. (Think of it like wine in a barrel, the wine is put away for many years so the flavours can all come together)
Steeping will change the colour of the E-Liquid (usually darker) as this is due to the nicotine oxidizing with the E-Liquid, this process is perfectly normal and nothing to be concerned about. Some E-Liquids will even change colours depending on outside temperature.
Steeping can be anywhere from 1 day to 4 weeks depending on the type of E-Liquid, each E-Liquid sold on Freshness Vapes has the steep times listed. Once you add nicotine to your E-Liquid it must steep for at least 24 hours. This is to ensure the nicotine has had a chance to bond with the flavouring, PG and VG. If you vape an E-Liquid too early it may not taste too good, if this is the case simply wait longer for the E-Liquid to mellow out. Light fruity flavoured E-Liquids generally don’t need more than a few days to steep, as heavy, thick, rich, creamy, dessert flavoured E-Liquids need days to weeks to steep.
Please strongly note: In a temperature controlled environment, singler E-Liquids (without nicotine) have a typical shelf life of 1 year once bottled from the maker of the E-Liquid. Doubler E-Liquids unmixed have a 1 year shelf life too when bottled from the E-Liquid maker, though once nicotine has been mixed into an E-Liquid doubler the user should consume or dispose of the E-Liquid within a 3-6 month period depending on the type of E-Liquid.
Steeping E-Liquid is as hard as the user makes it to be, there is a tone of information out on the internet with over 50 different methods for steeping E-Liquids. The most common and most EASY way of steeping E-Liquid is:
Step 1: When the user has mixed the E-Liquid doubler, place the lid on the bottle of E-Liquid and ensure it is closed tightly then give it a good vigorous shake for 2 minutes.
Step 2: Place the bottle of E-Liquid into a cup or sink of warm/hot water for 10-15mins, (hot tap water will do the trick, do not use boiling hot water)
Step 3: Remove the bottle of E-Liquid and give it a good vigorous shake for 1 minute.
Step 4: Place the bottle of E-Liquid in a cool, dry, dark place away from heat and sunlight and let it sit there.
Step 5: Vigorously shake the bottle of E-Liquid once a day for 30 seconds. After shaking remove the lid off the bottle of E-Liquid and allow the E-Liquid to breath for 2 minutes. (This will give a chance for the nicotine to get fresh oxygen and continue to oxidise the E-Liquid).
Step 6: Place the lid back on the bottle of E-Liquid and ensure it is closed tightly then give it a quick vigorous shake for 30 seconds and put the bottle of E-Liquid back in a cool, dry, dark place away from heat and sunlight.
Step 7: Repeat steps 5 & 6 according to the steep time recommended for each E-Liquid.
Step 8: When steeping is finished remove the child proof cap off the E-Liquid bottle and allow it to “breath” for 15-20mins.
Step 9: Place the lid back on the bottle of E-Liquid ensuring it is tightly secured.
Step 10: Give the bottle of E-Liquid one final shake for 30 seconds and VAPE!
Another good option is known as “speed steeping”. True speed steeping is when the user places the freshly mixed E-Liquid doubler bottle into an ultrasonic. This speeds up the process to 15mins-2hrs depending on the type of E-Liquid. Ultra-Sonics can be purchased online in and around Australia with prices ranging from $150-$1000+. While the cheaper ones tend to break after some usage and not really do a good job, they can also only be used in 15min intervals. If the user is serious about longevity and quality, jewellery ultra-sonic clears at the $500-$750 mark can last a few years if looked after correctly. A good ultra-sonic should have a timer that goes up to 1hr and most importantly temperature controlled.
Strong notes to take into consideration when using ultra Sonic’s:
- Do not use plastic bottles of E-Liquid too steep in an ultra-sonic as this can cause all sorts of chemicals from the plastic bottles that will leach into the E-Liquid when the ultra-sonic gets too hot. The user must use glass bottles.
- Do not exceed 45 degrees Celsius when steeping E-Liquid in an ultra-sonic
- Never leave an ultra-sonic un-attended when in use
- Always read manufactures instructions before using an ultra-sonic
- Speed steeping is only for the highly experienced users!
Easy-Mix is easy as:
- Gone are the days of doubler calculators
- Forget the mess of mixing PG/VG
- Forget trying to squeeze in your nicotine into a pre-mixed E-Liquid with uncertainty
- Say hello to “Easy-Mix”
We have made it simple so all you need to do is use the drop down we have provided & input the PG/VG ratio you require, the nicotine strength & base you are using, then finally the nicotine strength you vape at.
We will blend everything & print a special label for you so all you need to do is add the exact amount of nicotine to the bottle & enjoy our liquids as they were designed for.
Shake, steep & vape!
Please note the following:
- If you require high percentage of PG for mouth to lung style vaping please select “other” & let us know in the comments section when checking out what % PG you require.
- We will not blend our E-Liquids anything over 75% VG as it reduces the flavour too much & in some circumstances the nicotine you use & final strength may actually force us to have a lower the % of VG you require.
- If the nicotine you are using is not listed in the drop down, simply select “other” & let us know in the comments section when checking out.
It is illegal to sell & supply nicotine in Australia, Freshness Vape Co. does NOT & will NOT sell or supply any nicotine, so please do not ask us for it.