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Discussion in 'General Vaping Discussion' started by Michele, May 25, 2011.

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  1. Michele

    Michele Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 1, 2009
    Lewisville, Texas
    I've written on the ECF on many occasions of how the juices still don't taste like the labels indicate they should. I've notices that some people are talking about allowing their freshly purchased bottles to "steep" for awhile.

    Question: How do you know if your new bottle of "whatever" needs to sit a few days vs. it's just a crappy flavor for you personally?? How long to you let it steep??

    I have bottles and bottles of "one-hit-wonders" that are just in my e-cig tackle box just taking up space. I was going to trade them for others I haven't tried, but now I'm wondering if I should re-try all of them. Some are over a year old, some less than 3 months. All have been in the tackle box, in a dark, cool, closet.

    Suggestions?:confused:
     
  2. keyzygirl

    keyzygirl ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Aug 10, 2009
    Key West,Fl.
    Retry them and if you dont care for them then trade them.Lots of people like to trade and try new things.
     
  3. bjannr

    bjannr Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Aug 23, 2010
    NE Pennsylvania
    Here is just a thought. I ordered juice from a new supplier on ECF and two of the flavors were really bad. I contacted them before leaving any review. They offered to replace it, but also mentioned that it could have been mixed too strong. Sooo I added some nic juice about 2ml to 3ml of juice, let it sit for a few hours, and I had great tasting juice. Just something you might want to try.
     
  4. Michele

    Michele Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 1, 2009
    Lewisville, Texas
    Yeah....

    Do you know how long "steeping" takes?
     
  5. wv2win

    wv2win ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Feb 10, 2009
    GA by way of WV
    Back when you and I started, no supplier suggested "steeping" eliquid and plenty of eliquids worked fine. I'm highly suspicious of steeping. If it really is necessary then why don't they send it already "steeped"? I think some suppliers may use it as a means to explain bad tasting liquid.
     
  6. keyzygirl

    keyzygirl ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Aug 10, 2009
    Key West,Fl.
    The only liquids I steep are ones that are made to order like Tasty Vapor and Mrs.Ts.The rest steep sitting on the shelf waiting to be sold.Id say a week for custom made liquids.
     
  7. TomCatt

    TomCatt Da Catt Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 8, 2011
    Upland, PA
    I've started doing some DIY and have noticed taste and color changes occurring in some of my mixes over a few days. Personally I'd say steeping should take no more than 2 weeks maximum. I have seen people state that they let some juices steep for 6-8 weeks. Personally, it would have to be some GREAT juice for me to wait 2 months for it ;).

    You can always list any juices you don't want on the PIF subforum (pay if forward) or sell on the classifieds.
     
  8. Liscab

    Liscab Resting In Peace ECF Veteran

    Mar 15, 2009
    Miami fl.
    steep is supposed to work only when you are flavoring with crystals or powder , that's my opinion
     
  9. swedishfish

    swedishfish Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 28, 2010
    NJ
    I noticed my own DIY juice changes over time. No reason to think the same thing wouldn't happen with purchased juice.
     
  10. UntamedRose

    UntamedRose PV Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Mar 23, 2010
    Homeish now
    A week to a month, but honestly if you hated it before...your most likely going to hate it after. If it was just Eh, you might like it now.
     
  11. swedishfish

    swedishfish Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 28, 2010
    NJ
    I don't get this at all.
     
  12. WomanOfHeart

    WomanOfHeart Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Sep 19, 2010
    Colorado
    I would think that after 3 months a flavor will have steeped long enough. It's either going to taste great, or maybe it won't.

    I do mostly DIY and sometimes my mixes taste great from the word "go" and sometimes I need to let them steep for as long as a week or so.

    My suggestion is to try the juice as soon as you get it. If you don't like the taste, then let it sit for a couple of days and try it again. Keep trying it every couple of days until you notice a change in flavor.
     
  13. PoliticallyIncorrect

    PoliticallyIncorrect Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 31, 2010
    SoCal
    Ditto to that. My experience with my own extensive collection of One-Hit-Wonders is that steeping intensifies flavor, but doesn't fundamentally change it. If you hate it from the outset, you're apt to think even less of it in a month's time.
     
  14. bjannr

    bjannr Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Aug 23, 2010
    NE Pennsylvania
    The flavors that tasted bad were mixed too strong. They needed to be diluted with unflavored juice. Taste was still strong but very good. I wonder if maybe this doesn't happen with other suppliers, and people just think the flavors are horrible, or need steeping. Maybe a bit of dilution would work better?
     
  15. gel drops

    gel drops Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 7, 2011
    South Carolina
    I do know the higher the nic% will make or break any juice!
     
  16. Debian Dog

    Debian Dog Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 10, 2011
    VA
    yep. a friend of mine was trying to tell me about stepping. He bought some "High End" stuff that some people here seem to love (Brand withheld since it is irrelevant). He did not like it at first. When I was over there he pulled out a few that had been steeping a while and we tried them all. I told them they all "taste like ..." to me. He said they were "a bit better" But he put them back to sit a while longer in the hopes that something would change. I would have given that stuff away here myself.
     
  17. mistinthewoods

    mistinthewoods Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Feb 4, 2010
    Brooklyn, MI
    I know how long it takes with the juice I mix. My tobacco-menthol is good to go in a couple of days and anything I mix with chocolate, coffee or sweetener takes a couple weeks to peak.
     
  18. Michele

    Michele Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 1, 2009
    Lewisville, Texas
    Well, I took the time to set up completely new carts for each one I re-tried. Strawberry, Mt. Dew, Tobacco, and Rush. They all still tasted like yuck. They did definitely change in flavor though. But as one of the responders to this post said, it's just the same flavor but slightly more mellow and "mixed" it seemed. Guess I'll be trying to trade some. *sigh I knew it was too good to be true!*
     
  19. redheadone

    redheadone Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Feb 2, 2011
    North Carolina
    I am going to thrown in my two cents here. Dekang juces shouldn't need steeping as they come from China. That is plenty of time for steeping. If they taste bad when you get them either sell them or toss them. As far as USA custom blends some really do need to steep if they have been freshly made I would say if the juices still don't taste right after a month they aren't going to get any better. If your going to steep them I find that taking a top off and letting them sit in a dark place for a day or two helps but I wouldn't do it any longer than that. Put the cap back on and continue to let sit in a dark place. I am now getting into the DIY thing and I notice that if I let my juices that I make sit for awhile they do get better over time. Like I said though if you get USA juices and if the flavors don't improve in a month just toss them Now if they smell really bad when you get them then I would contact the vendor that you got them from and see if they can be replaced. I have had that happen and the vendor was really nice about sending me new ones.. It does happen that every once in awhile that you will get a bad batch of juice
     
  20. Michele

    Michele Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 1, 2009
    Lewisville, Texas
    Redheadone,
    Thanks. I think after sitting over a year (covered or un-covered) if they were going to taste any better they would by now. I'll just move on. On a happier note, I did receive a sample of Firecracker by Pure Smokes yesterday and it's fantastic!!! Great sweet cinnamon flavor. I really like it!
     
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