When you hear the word “steeping,” you always associate it with teas, beers, and other food products to extract more nutrition from them or more flavors like in the case of e-juices. Steeping the e-liquid is one way of aging the e-juice. This will remove any possible bottled taste and alcohol that come with the e-liquid, making them volatile. Through steeping, the VG/PG base, nicotine, and flavorings are mixed well. This also oxidizes the juice to remove the alcohol content. This process also darkens the color of the e-liquid.
Why Do You Steep an E-juice?
Steeping an e-juice can bring out its best flavor which in turn improves the overall vaping experience of the vaper. This process is not compulsory, but when you vape from the bottle, the semi-green liquid may have not yet mellowed out. When you know how to steep an e-liquid, you will be able to enjoy more the e-liquid regardless of the vaporizer you are using. Steeping takes care of the quality of taste and age of the vape juice. If you are using a DIY e-juice, you certainly have to steep it to avoid having a chemical taste.
Part of the steeping process is the degasification and evaporation of particular compounds. Ultimately, the final taste that results from steeping depends on your personal preference and palate in general. When you start to vape with your e-cigarette, you might not notice any difference in the e-juice taste or you may notice a tremendous effect on its flavor. However, as a general rule, most complex blends are known to taste better after steeping.
How Long Does It Take to Steep an E-juice?
Different e-juice flavors age differently. They require different amounts of time. Some e-liquids are better off vaped immediately while others need more steep time to taste better. Steep time is based on personal preference, but some general rules apply.
Tobacco and menthol e-liquid flavors require the least amount of steep time which is one to two days while some e-juice flavors can be steeped immediately. Fruit flavors, on the other hand, need more time to steep, around 3 to 4 days. The more complex dessert e-juice flavors require one week to one month for steeping. Some steepers recommend as long as two months to steep while others only 2 to 4 weeks. After the e-liquid is steeped, you will notice that it has darkened, which is a result of nicotine oxidization.
How Do You Steep an E-juice?
In general, steeping requires heating the e-juice, shaking it to allow for proper mixing, and exposing it to the air for oxidation. You can choose from several e-juice steeping approaches. The simplest approach is to store the e-liquid in a bottle within a dark and cool place for weeks, occasionally shaking the bottle, and exposing it to the air for oxidation.
There are also some popular methods for steeping that you can choose from. Regardless of the method you select, always make use of glass bottles when steeping. Plastic bottles melt, spin, or ruin the vape juice.
The Hot Bath
Pour warm water into a deep bowl. Test the warmth by using your elbow. It must not be too hot. Seal the bottles in the ziplock bag and put the bottle in the bowl. Once the water cools to room temperature, remove the bottle. You have to uncap the bottles and allow the gasses to dispel. Close the bottles again and shake them.
Using a Slow Cooker
Put water in the crockpot. Put the e-juice bottles inside a ziplock bag, letting as much air out as possible. Put the crockpot on low and put the bottles in the crockpot. Leave these for at least 30 minutes up to 4 hours. Uncap the bottles and let the e-juice breathe. Then cap them again and shake well.
Using the Microwave
Put the bottles in the microwave and run them on high for 10 seconds. Remove these bottles, uncap them, and allow them to breathe. Cap them again and shake them well. Let them cool and repeat if needed.