It varies so widely its often hard to tell. If you get mixed on order e-juice you are looking at anywhere from a week to a month depending on the flavoring of the e-juice. Fruit based flavors, in my experience, need at least 2 weeks or more. Tobacco flavors are sometimes fine at a week, better at 2. Coffee flavors are usually fine with a week while baked goods like cake or cookies and anything cream based need 3-4 weeks. That is just my experience based on my own DIY and what I have found from mixed to order e-juice. Most of the places that mix to order, that I use, date the day of mix and I start my steep count from their date. ANd its just a guideline - sometimes you have to just try a few drips out every week or so until you hit the right amount of time and then remember it the next time you order that flavor for how long it should sit about.
If you order from a custom maker/mix on order site, read the paperwork that comes with it or check their site - they usually have guidelines for how long they think their e-juices should steep for the best flavor possible. WHile longer is usually always better, if you get one you don't like it may never get better for you no matter how long you wait.
As for e-juices from 'manufacturers' that premix and store e-juice before sale, often the shelf life is long enough that they need no steeping. I usually use e-juice I get from china (like Hansen of DK), Italy and even some US companies immediately as i know they have had plenty of time in a dark place (shipping crate) for several weeks while being shipped and sold.
Last edited by stormwench; 07-03-2013 at 12:50 AM.
I would have tossed them after several months if you were not happy. My opinion is to have the freshest juice possible, properly steeped (1-4 weeks, no direct sunlight, cool dark place), based upon your vaping habit (how much you vape in a given time frame). There is a point at which the juice won't get any better. Remember: PG, VG and Nicotine have a shelf life of a year... give or take in proper conditions. All things perish is some form!
Originally Posted by Erised
Steeping seems to be necessary for blending base liquids with tobacco or citrus flavors.
And perhaps the time it requires depends on the nicotin level as well.
I think the reason that I can vape my juices immediately, is that I don't use tobacco nor citrus and no nicotin.
Anyway, I love vaping my home made e-juices at once.
If someone buys ready-to-vape e-liquid from a store, it probably already had enough time to steep.
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As a rule NETs require the most steep time.
Huntsman of HHV is one of my favorites. It used to take me three weeks. I have reduced this to 10 days when I need it. Now, when I get the new juice, I shake it up vigorously, then take the cap off. I then 'breathe' the bottle by squeezing all the air out, and releasing it to bring in fresh air about five or six times, twice a day. I do this for two days. Then I replace the cap, put them in a dark place and shake them twice a day while leaving the caps on. On the final steep day, I breathe it twice, but I put the cap on when I finish.
I have found no juices that this method does not make in a good vape-able state within ten days. I vape Ahlusion, HHV, MOV, Highbrow, and AiV. 90% of my juice is NETs. If you are not using one of these juices, it likely will still work.
Originally Posted by Coulson
Holy Moly! I had no idea this was going to be so complicated. Though I would imagine that if you were buying "off the shelf" juice they would already have a certain amount of maturity, no?
Depends on when the juice was made and stored. Letting in steep naturally is always best... but if you cant wait, a hot water bath of 125 degrees (dont go over 140) for a few hours helps alot. Just shake the bottle every 30 mins. Not complicated at all
Originally Posted by Tanrichguy
With most juices steeping and letting juice breathe is a personal preference not a requirement. After trying literally 100's I can count on one hand juices that actually improved in taste after 5 ~ 30 days steeping IMO.
Originally Posted by Tanrichguy
Some folks just like to make vaping sound complicated for some reason, it aint, fill device, install on battery, mash button, vape.
Last edited by Topwater Elvis; 07-03-2013 at 01:39 AM.
My menthols have all been fine right away. The Rum & Coke I have is just starting to ripen after 1 mo(not really liking that one so I ordered some lime add to it) My tobacco & honey is 2 1/2 weeks old and almost ready..so yes, I have to agree with other posters, if it is pre-mixed it is good to go, if custom blended it needs time. I bought a non- see through plastic file box the keep mine in while they steep so they are kept in the dark. I found one of my menthol blends yesterday that I forgot about, while it is 2 years old it is wonderful..I want to order that flavor again I just wonder what it will taste un-aged like that
I plan to, believe me...LOL!
Originally Posted by Topwater Elvis
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