Did you know: Even if you are vaping the best vape juice, you are not getting the full experience, when you vape it straight out of the bottle? E-juice is much better if you steep it first!
Here are a few tips for how to steep e-juice so that you can enjoy the best taste and vapor:
You’ve probably heard about letting things steep in cooking or letting a fine wine age. Steeping e-liquids is the same kind of idea. It’s a way to make sure that the flavor has really matured.
Steeping, in the literal definition, means putting something into the water so that it will soften and the flavor will come out of it. When you steep e-juice, that’s not quite what you’re doing – but there’s not really a better term for it; except, perhaps, to say aging the flavor.
In theory, you could just let your e-juice sit for a long time in order for the flavor to truly develop – but that would mean buying products and leaving them for a very long time before you smoke them. Most of us don’t have the time to do that. We want to buy the liquids and use them right away with our box mod. The good news is that there are things that you can do to speed up the process.
Steeping begins when the e-juice is made. You can let it continue to steep by shaking the bottles and then letting them sit in a cool, dark place. Shake the bottles periodically, but leave them there until they’re ready to use. When you think they’re about ready to use, take the cap off and let the bottle sit for a few hours (but no more than 12) to breathe. After 12 hours the flavor will diminish, but up to 12 hours it should in theory improve.
If you want to speed up the process of steeping, shake the bottles and then run them under some warm water for a few minutes. Now take the cap off and put them in a cool, dark cupboard for two hours before replacing the cap and giving them another shake.
Finally, carefully squeeze any excess air out of the bottle, and repeat the process. You will need to do this 3-4 times, but should be able to get the steeping done over a weekend in this way.
If you’re just steeping and breathing, without trying to speed it up, then you may find that it can take several weeks to get the best flavor. The e-juice should become slightly darker and the aroma should get stronger.
You could buy a few bottles at the same time and test them until you figure out what point is the best for your chosen flavor. Some flavors mellow quite quickly, while others take a lot longer to mature. There are pre-steeped liquids on the market as well, which can be useful for people who want to just buy and smoke right away. As with anything in the vaping world, it takes a little experimentation.