I saw someone over on Reddit giving props to a new DIY channel named DIY Eliquid Recipes and I checked it out and the videos are great resources for DIY’ers.
He’s been a professional flavor compounder since 2011, so he knows what he’s talking about.
The guy’s name is John and he just gets right to the point without adding any fluff. He puts out about 2-3 videos per week and each video is nice and digestible at around 3-5 minutes each.
He covers pretty much everything DIY, such as offering tips on how to use specific flavors and additives, he does flavoring reviews, and he also puts out recipes, some of which are very simple and perfect for beginner mixers.
I’m a huge fan of long-form content from DIY channels like DIY or Die, but I think there’s a place for direct short-form content like this too. I definitely recommend checking him out.
I picked these flavors up during one of Real Flavor’s recent free concentrate promotions, where all I had to pay was shipping. So I got three 1oz bottles for $4, which is a great deal.
These are all from their Super Concentrates line and all of them are suggested to be mixed at 1-2.5%. I’ve mixed 5ml test batches at the max recommendation of 2.5%, at a 70vg/30pg ratio, and with 6mg nicotine.
I mixed these on Aug. 19, 2017, which was 44 days from the date that I tested them, so they’ve had plenty of time to steep.
I came across a really interesting thread online about thinning out e-juice. This person has a friend that has an allergic reaction to PG, so his friend asked him to create a PG-free e-juice. The problem is that his friend uses a tank that can’t wick high-VG e-juice because it’s just too thick and viscous. So he’s asking if there’s a good method to thin-out 100% VG e-juice.
This is something I have actually considered before but never researched. Every once in a while I come across a high-VG store-bought e-juice that’s much thinner than usual. I know they are thinning it out, but I don’t know how. I’ve always assumed water.
I received a great comment from one of my YouTube subscribers, Iclies, on how she does heated-steeping for her DIY e-juice mixes and I thought it would be a great tip to share.
First, if you’re new to DIY and wondering what steeping is, it’s basically the process of aging the e-liquid faster. This aging process helps the ingredients to combine. It also brings out fuller flavors. This process will happen no matter what you do, for example, if you leave your e-juice on a shelf, it will still steep, but it will take longer.That’s why many people use speed-steeping methods.
So here’s her process of speed steeping with heat.
1. It’s best to heat steep using glass bottles, rather than plastic.
2. While you’re mixing, heat up tap water in a small saucepan on the stove. Don’t add nicotine yet.
3. When you’re done mixing, turn off the stove and set your bottles down in the water with the caps off.
4. Wait for 15 to 20 minutes, take the bottles out of the water and add nicotine. Voila!
That’s it! Pretty easy!
So let’s talk about all of this really quick.
The reason you want to remove the cap is that it allows oxygen to more quickly oxidate flavor molecules, which increases the speed of aging. This also helps evaporate excess ethanol from some flavorings.
You also don’t want the water to be boiling. High heat will damage flavor concentrates and nicotine. In the steps above, we’ve left nicotine out and that’s because nicotine degrades more easily in high heat than concentrated flavorings do. Leaving the nicotine out will allow you to steep the e-juice in warmer water.
If you want to steep with nicotine in the bottle, according to Nude Nicotine you should steep in room-temperature water at around 20-30 Celcius, or 68-86 Fahrenheit. Nude Nicotine says this will allow the e-juice to steep faster without damaging the nicotine.
Iclies says that this will speed up the steeping process by several days, which can save a lot of time. The general recommendation for slow steeping, which is pretty much just letting the bottle sit in a dark, room-temp area, is about 2 weeks. So this quick heat steeping method will let you get to that point of optimal flavor much quicker.
RealFlavors.com is a Troy, Michigan-based flavor concentrate manufacturer that specializes in custom flavor creation made in an FDA certified lab. These guys do some really cool things too. They have both PG and VG-based options and they also clearly mark concentrates if they test positive for diacetyl, acetyl propionyl, and acetoin.
Nitecore just announced their new DIY E-Juice mixer. Let’s take a look.
Has a heating plate that goes up to 70 celcius
It rotates at 70-1200 RPM
It uses a metal stir bar that either spins in the bottle or can spin the entire bottle
According to Nitecore, it’s nearly completely soundless
The guys on Plumes of Hazard didn’t like the idea of this product at all, but Wayne from DIYORDIE was really excited about it. Considering that this is for DIY e-juice, I’d have to take Wayne’s side.
The way it works is that you drop a metal stir bar into your container of e-juice. That container can be a bottle or a beaker, or whatever else you want to mix in.
And what’s cool about the heating plate is that you can speed steep your e-juice with heat while you’re also mixing it up.
When it’s done mixing, you get the stir bar out of the container by using a magnetic rod that comes with the mixer.
The capacity of the mixer is 17.5 oz and can mix 30-1000 ml of e-liquid, although they recommend a max of 200ml at a time.
It can also continuously run for up to 14 days.
Nitecore hasn’t listed the price on their site yet, but IMRbatteries.com has it on preorder for $120. That’s actually a pretty good price. That’s how much other magnetic mixers cost without the heating functions. For a magnetic stirrer with a built-in heat plate, you can expect to spend around $200 to $1000 from what I’m seeing online.
I came across this great flavor combination chart created by BaktItRight.com (scroll down for the image). They created this chart specifically for baking purposes, but it’s easy to see how this can be used for DIY e-juice.
If DIY e-juice isn’t your thing, this chart would also be useful for pairing fruit-flavored e-juices with different types of foods, drinks, or alcohol.