The Foo Fighter’s just released their music video for their song called “Run” and near the end of the video, vaping gets some of the spotlight.
This song is actually kinda heavy (which is my style). There’s a lot of screaming but it still sticks to that traditional Foo Fighter sound too.
And like most Foo Fighter videos, it’s really funny. The band members are basically senior citizens in an old folks home playing a show. The residents start moshing, they go nuts and run out into the streets and come across a parked car with a group of young people vaping. The old people pull the hipsters out of the car, an old man rips off one guy’s man bun, grabs his vape, and takes a huge rip. It looks like the Smok TFV8 or TFV12, which is pretty funny.
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.
This is an online vape store that specializes in helping to introduce smokers to vaping, since most smokers prefer mouth-to-lung vaping because it mostly mimics the feel of smoking cigarettes.
All of the hardware and liquids on the site are designed specifically for restricted airflow vaping and are most likely to appeal to smokers transitioning to vaping.
For example, they sell e-juices from Mountain Oak Vapors, The Vapor Bar, and B. E-Liquids. Most of the flavors consist of various tobacco blends, coffee flavors, and menthols.
Phil’s line, B. E-liquids has a little more variety in flavors, such as his coconut vanilla yogurt or peach watermelon flavors, but something to note about his line is that they are made with 60pg/40vg, while most e-juices today are made with 70vg/30pg. It’s a small difference, but Phil’s ratio gives the e-juice a little more throat hit and also better wicking ability for mouth-to-lung tanks.
The hardware they sell are all great setups for beginners too. You’ll find a lot of all-in-one setups, pod-based setups, high-quality vape pens like the Innokin Endura T18, and a few more powerful devices (but still beginner-friendly) like the Coolfire IV Plus.
They’ve created a few bundles too so that it’s easy to jump right in and get everything you need at once.
They’ve made the site very easy to understand and have removed a lot of the more advanced and confusing aspects of vaping, however, there are a couple of informational pages to get new users familiar with some of the terminology, how vape technology works, the ingredients that are used, and safety concerns.
I wish a site like this existed when I first started. This is a great idea and I’ll definitely mention it to any smoker I meet.