For some people, electronic cigarettes are about managing their nicotine in-take. For others, it’s all about the e liquid flavours. E liquid is similar to jelly beans – you get to experience the flavour profile of your favourite treats without actually consuming them. So, for those seeking deeper and stronger flavours, there is a simple trick known as 'steeping' with which you can increase the intensity of your e liquid’s flavour.
Steeping e liquid is much the same as brewing a cup of tea, by allowing it to sit and breathe you allow more time for the VG and PG to infuse with the flavour concentrates, creating a much deeper vape juice.
There’s no difficulty when it comes to steeping, though there are several different methods. Let’s go through the steeping process.
What Does Steeping E Liquid Do?
You can improve the flavour of your e liquid by allowing it to ‘steep’ before you put it in your tank. Allowing the e liquid to sit will give the blend more time to congeal and mix, and hence become more flavoursome.
Additionally, Some flavour concentrates contain small quantities of alcohol, which can lend a certain harshness to your e liquid’s flavour profile. So, steeping e liquid gives it time to oxidize, killing off the alcohol content and resulting in a far smoother experience.
Is Steeping E Liquid A Long Process?
It can be. Patience is a virtue, and the path well-steeped will deliver you to a promised land of flavour, but you need to have faith. Basically, the longer you can wait the better.
After a week of steeping, you will start to notice that your e liquid has taken on a slightly darker hue. Over time this dark colour will increase, with most people leaving e liquid to steep for 3-4 weeks at the longest. You can leave it longer if you like, but past four weeks you may start to see diminished returns on your patience.
Note: flavour concentrates will take slightly different amounts of time to steep depending on their profile
Steeping Guide by Flavour Profile:
How to Steep Vape Juice
There are many different ways you can go about steeping e liquid, some require little to no oversight.
Method 1: The Bag Method
- Take your bottles of e liquid & place them in a water-tight plastic bag
- Fill a sink with warm water and pop the bag in.
- Once the water has cooled, pop the bag out and remove the caps from the bottles, allowing the gases to escape and replenish.
- Re-cap and give them a shake to keep everything mixing and moving.
Method 2: The Bath
With this method the recycling of gases is constant and requires no input from you.
- Fill a dish with a couple inches of warm water.
- Half-submerge your e liquid bottles in the water with the lids off.
- Once the water has cooled remove the bottles, pop the caps on and give them a good shake, repeating as many times as you like until your e liquid has been steeped
Method 3: The Sit & Wait
There is another, absolutely-no-effort method for steeping e liquid; just pop them in a dark cupboard for a few weeks, occasionally opening the bottles to recycle the gas and speed up the oxidation process.
The key to steeping is simple patience; any steak fan will tell you to let the meat stand for a minute after cooking in order to retain the juices and flavour, doesn’t your e liquid deserve the same treatment?
You now know different methods for steeping e liquid, so why not give it a try? Just buy a couple of 10ml e liquids, pop one in your tank right away and toss the other into a dark drawer. Give it a try in a few weeks; we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the depth of flavour!