DIY juice...confession of a rookie.
by, 03-21-2013 at 10:13 AM (156 Views)
This is one of those blog posts, that while is meant pretty much for my own process, might help the next new kid on the block. For the record, I am mortified. I am confessing my embarrassment with my learning curve, but hey, we were all new to this once right? Well, I'm still new...
If you haven't caught on by now, I want to do everything myself. Modding, RBAs, wicks and drip tips, juice...you name it. DIY really is a lot of fun. Also, as much money as I've spent, I'm still trying to save a dollar here and there.
When I first started, I was ordering everything I thought I would possibly need. After doing my research (I research like a hound dog), I ordered some VG from a cosmetics company. (I know, I know, did I say I was embarrassed?) It was cheap, so was I. When it arrived in the mail, I remembered being mildly surprised that the bottle didn't have a very extensive label. All it said was, "GLYCERIN VEGETABLE USP GRADE 100% PURE." No real matter to me then. It said all I needed to know. Or so I thought. *dun dun duuuunnnnn*
All of my juices turned out gross. I chalked it up to my newbie status. I researched. I'm not seeping it long enough, I'm mixing too much flavor, I'm not reading this calc properly...and it really was a combination of many things. (I would have thrown my table if not for the wonderful people at the DIY on fb.) I was up late last night, in bed staring into the darkness...why does all my juice have that same weird, perfumey taste? Then it hit me like a brick.
How did I not see this before? I checked the label on the VG again, right before I chucked the whole bottle. Luckily for me I had a new bottle of ED VG on hand. I mixed, I tasted, and there you have it. The difference is still left to speculation on my part, but the ED VG has a more informative label, and includes "kosher". It has a much shorter shelf life too.
Lessons learned in this process: Only buy from vendors that retail their product specifically for, or are known to be products good for this purpose. Sometimes spending a dollar saves a dollar. I found I like to start mixing at 5%, because even though 10% seems to be standard, it's easy to overdo. Seeping is an integral part of the process, so patience is definitely a virtue. My DIY future is looking a little brighter.