Does this sound familiar? You are waiting on a new flavor from a new company and when it comes, you load up your favorite carto and presto, no flavor. What happened? Well, it could be several things but let’s look at what you could have done to prevent such a harsh flavorless liquid.
Welcome to the world of steeping. Steeping is when you bring out the flavor of a liquid, kind of like when you make tea. If you put a tea bag in a cup of cold water and leave it for 5 minutes it will have very little flavor. If, however you boil the water first the flavor will be remarkably better. This is what steeping does and it can do the same for your e-liquid.
The first thing I like to do is to shake my liquid really good for at least a minute. This helps to stir up flavor particles that might have settled to the bottom of the bottle. I also think it bruises the molecules kind of like getting a slightly different flavor out of garlic or herbs by crushing instead of just cutting them.
Another thing I like to do with a new flavor is to place my liquid in a bath of very warm water, not quite a boil, but around 175 F. seems to do the trick. This will have the same effect as tea and you will find that your liquid will darken slightly, don’t be alarmed, from what I understand, it is caused by the nicotine in the liquid. It is nothing to be alarmed about.
I also like to let my liquid breath overnight. I open the bottle and place it in a cool dark closet. I don’t have kids or pets so I am able to leave it unattended but if you have kids or pets, make sure that you are able to lock the place you are using for this. Nicotine is a poison and should be treated as such. Do a google search on e-liquid safety. After letting the liquid breath, cap it and leave it in the dark place for 4-6 days. It helps to have a supply of ready to go liquid so you don’t dip into the bottle you are steeping.
I recently purchased flavors from a company and when I got them they were like vaping pure sugar water. Very acrid and just a hint of sweetness and very little flavor. I mixed up a batch, gave it the hot water treatment, let it breath and then let it sit in the dark for a week. I had to double check to make sure that I hadn’t gotten my bottles mixed up. The flavor was spot on and prevented me from throwing away about $20 worth of flavor.
The liquid is also light sensitive. I use nothing but brown, green or blue glass bottles to store my closeted e-liquid. It keeps the light out.
I hope that these tips will help you in the future. Vaping is still a new science we’ll figure this thing out together.