Steeping is the same as ageing and in the case of Vape Juice, it refers to allowing your liquids to sit for a certain period of time before you can start using them. During this time, air gets into them and fosters oxidation, which forces the ingredients in your liquid to mix rapidly. In this way, steeping tends to alter the taste of it; therefore, it is not for everyone. If personally, you prefer the taste of a steeped e-juice and have a bottle whose flavor gets better with steeping, then go for it. Here are some steps to guide you when steeping your e-liquids:
Step #1: Switch to Glass Bottles
If your e-liquid comes in a plastic bottle, it is important that you switch to a glass bottle before you can begin steeping. This step will ensure that the material of your e-liquid bottle doesn’t affect the taste of your juice in the long run. Besides, plastics are vulnerable to corrosion by the acidity of e-liquids while glass is resistant.
Step #2: Shaking the E-Liquid Bottle
Start by shaking your e-liquid bottle so that the ingredients blend. Be sure to flip it over so that everything mixes together. Repeat this step after every two days so as to ensure consistency.
Step #3: Breathing
For the first two hours, let the e-liquid sit without the cap. The aim of this step is to allow natural solvents and alcohols to evaporate- these solvents got to the top during the first shake. After this, put the cap back on and repeat this process every day. This will help to speed up the oxidation process.
Step #4: Storage
When storing the liquid, it is important that you maintain a dark and cool environment. For the best results, it needs to be stored in temperatures between 18-24 degrees Celsius. Also, it is preferable that you store the e-liquid in a dark cabinet where it won’t be affected by direct sunlight. The period of time for which you should let your e-liquid steep, is dependent on a number of factors such as the flavor, PG/VG ratio, and personal preferences, as all affect the steeping duration. However, if using a natural steeping method, the duration is expected to be anywhere between 14 and 30 days.
Step #5 (optional): Speeding Up the Steeping
Process You get the best results if you follow the natural steeping process. However, some vapers are more impatient than others. If you cannot wait for the e-liquid to steep naturally, there are a number of ways you can speed up the process. You can use a hot water bath, a slow rice cooker, or place the e-juice bottle near your computer fan. As mentioned earlier, steeping is not a must. However, if you cannot get the desired taste out of a new-e-liquid, try steeping it. Steeping might also be helpful in improving the flavor of home-made e-liquids.