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Discussion in 'DIY E-Liquid' started by FranC, May 27, 2018.

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  1. JCinFLA

    JCinFLA Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 21, 2015
    You guys are thinking about methods that are way too complicated, for me, for how to organize your flavorings, know which ones you've got, and be able to locate each 1 quickly. :)

    When I first started DIY, and got my first 25 vials of flavorings from WL...I thought about many of the ways you all have mentioned, to start organizing them. Then I thought, but what happens as I keep getting more and more flavorings? Won't I have to redo whatever system I've thought of so far...to allow for the addition of those new ones?

    Finally dawned on me - Just use a paint marker to number the tops of each bottle, vial, etc., as I get them. Make index cards with lists of the number and name of each flavoring...and tape those to the inside of my flavoring case lids, that contain those flavorings. That way, when I flip the lid up...I can quickly scan down the cards to locate the flavoring and number, then pull that bottle/vial of flavoring out. Easy to replace it when I was finished with it, too.

    When I started finding more recipes I liked, it finally dawned on me that my set-up could be made even easier. So, I started putting the flavoring's number beside the flavoring name on my recipe cards. That way, I didn't even have to scan down the index cards on the lids when I wanted to find those flavorings I needed. I just take my recipe card to the cases, flip up the lids, and pull out all the numbered vials/bottles I need. Even for a 6-7 flavoring recipe...I can have all of them pulled in about 5 seconds.

    I hope I explained that so it made sense. I was hurrying to get it written & posted before yet another 30-40 posts are made...and you all are WAY past any posts about organizing flavorings!
     
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  2. FranC

    FranC TWR Co-Moderator Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I really have no big problem finding the flavors in my cases. It's my drawer dividers that can cause a search.
     
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  3. JCinFLA

    JCinFLA Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 21, 2015
    Can't you just number their caps and then make a list...of the numbers and the corresponding flavorings' names? As you get more flavorings that go in that drawer, continue with the next numbers and just add them to your list. As long as you keep the bottles/vials in some kind of rows or columns according to numerical sequence, it should work, I'd think.
     
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  4. FranC

    FranC TWR Co-Moderator Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Not sure how that would work but I'll take a look see tomorrow. It's not all the dividers I have a problem with. Like the one that holds all my cheesecake and grahams is fine. Maybe I can just do that just with the odd dividers I have a problem with.
     
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  5. JCinFLA

    JCinFLA Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 21, 2015
    For those who maybe need even more precise organizing, and really would prefer that your flavorings are in separate cases according to maybe manufacturer, or by the type of flavoring (ie. fruit, cream, etc.), or by something else...you can still use a numbering system with them. Just separate/sort the flavorings and then start numbering those in a particular group. When you've got that group finished...make your list of the numbers and flavoring names that correspond to them. (Maybe then label that case, like TFA, or creams, or whatever it is that case contains.) Do the same thing for each group, starting with the #1. That way you'll never have a problem adding new ones to each group and being able to keep track of them, too.

    Geez...I hope that made sense. My ideas in my head sometimes don't get explained like I plan for them to, on here. :facepalm:
     
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  6. FranC

    FranC TWR Co-Moderator Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I have mine separated by cream,vanilla,booze etc. I don't number them or anything cause I have little problem finding what I'm looking for.
     
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  7. JCinFLA

    JCinFLA Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 21, 2015
    Then you don't need a different system, IMO, because whatever yours is...it's working for you just fine. :thumbs:
     
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  8. FranC

    FranC TWR Co-Moderator Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Except the dang drawer divider...LOL. I'll take a look tomorrow and see what I can do.
     
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  9. FranC

    FranC TWR Co-Moderator Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I have no recipes to mix,no testers to mix. No new juice to try cause it's steeeeeping. Sad state of affairs.
     
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  10. DavidOck

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  11. hittman

    hittman ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    You could pull one or two early to try.
     
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  12. Myk

    Myk Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jan 1, 2009
    IL, USA
    My new tackle box has bigger slots. Some fit 3 flavors, some 2, some just 1. I have the additives together. Recipes are grouped together. Most used recipes on top.
     
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  13. NolaMel

    NolaMel ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 17, 2012
    New Orleans
    I get them and ice packs from my vet.
     
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  14. WhiteHighlights

    WhiteHighlights Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 26, 2013
    Boston, MA, USA
    Hey @JCinFLA Yes, it's kind of like flavors and mods - whatever works for you! I'm more like FranC, my flavors are now sorted in the nail polish containers (vendor/flavors by type alphabetically). I only have to know if it's in box number 1, 2, or 3 and I can see it to grab it quickly. I could track them by position in the box but I'm not planning going to go that far. It would be more work to update it if I reorganized them when I add more flavors. I'm for keeping it easy. I did leave open spaces just in case. LOL.
     
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  15. PJReid

    PJReid Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    @hittman - Thanks to you, I had to order more Fuji without the benefit of a sale. I am in love with Cran-Apple! :) I ordered FA and JF since I liked the JF and it is on sale now. I changed up the recipe a bit from the last test I posted.

    Chilled Cranberry Apple
    Cotton Candy (10% EM/Ethyl Maltol) (TPA) 2%
    Cranberry (TPA) 7%
    Fuji (Jungle Flavors) 4%
    Lemon (FE) .25%
    Shape Up Pear (Molinberry) .75%
    WS-23 30% .50%

    I also got some INW Two Apples so that I can play with this a bit once I am settled in Seattle. So, thanks, I guess. LOL
     
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  16. IDJoel

    IDJoel Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 20, 2015
    Boise, ID
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you one and all!! I finally had my light bulb moment.

    Reading @WhiteHighlights post about using the nail polish cases, and @JCinFLA posts of how she uses her cards; a simple economical solution finally came to me. As usual; I was going about it all wrong!:facepalm:

    Stop trying to label the bottles; and just label the location!

    I mix differently than JC; in that I don't pull multiple flavors all at once. I pull, use, then return each flavor; before moving on to the next one. So, putting the right flavor in the wrong location is not a concern of mine. Therefore; marking the bottle is not crucial.

    I intend to move away from my cookie sheet:
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    and return to my photo boxes:
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    The only difference is; this time, instead of sorting by alphabet (flavor name), I will only be sorting by basic bottle size.

    The big revelation boils down to the dividers:
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    I have always used foam core posterboard in the past. It was cheap, readily available, and rigid. I cut it short, to allow as much of the bottle (and label), to stay as visible as possible. This, I could get to the general area easily enough, but I couldn't find the specific bottle without handling 6-8 bottles.

    This time, I am going to ignore marking, or being able to read the bottle entirely. Instead, I will make the divider the full hight of the box (taller than the bottles), and place the locator directly above the bottle. It will be just like JC labeling her box lids, or WhiteHighlights labeling the case doors.

    If I get a new flavor; it goes to the back of the appropriate box. If I remove a flavor from my stash; that location becomes available for the next new one. If I buy the flavor in a larger/smaller bottle; I just move the box it is in, and change the locator in the calculator program.:D

    The locator system should be relatively straight forward.
    -- Box number
    -- Row (designated by a letter; to differentiate from box and space number)
    -- numerical location in row
    So it would look like: 1-A-1, or 3-G-12. 3-G-12 would tell me at a glance that concentrate X is located in box #3, 7th row, the 12th bottle from the left.

    Sorry if all that is confusing... I have it clear in my mind.:rolleyes: I will post a picture or two when I get it finished (may be a week or so).:D

    Thanks again for everyone's brainstorming! I doubt I ever would have figured it out without all your fresh ideas coming at me. I appreciate you all!!:thumbs:
    :toast:
     
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  17. DancingHeretik

    DancingHeretik Dancing in the Chaos Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 20, 2011
    San Antonio, TX
    I still have 7 more flavorings coming. NR hasn't shipped yet. But, I've already re-arranged my flavorings with my new containers. Now everything's all spread out and easy to find. (They had been getting pretty stacked up in the little compartments.)

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    Then the 120 ml bottles are in the refrigerator door.
     
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  18. Sugar_and_Spice

    Sugar_and_Spice ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Sep 11, 2010
    between here and there
    YAY.....Yes, it is a very good system. I am so glad you found a solution that will work for you. Sure does make mixing a lot easier......
     
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  19. IDJoel

    IDJoel Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 20, 2015
    Boise, ID
    Thanks Sugar! Now we'll see if I can actually execute.:eek::D
     
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  20. Sugar_and_Spice

    Sugar_and_Spice ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    between here and there
    It is labor intensive at first especially when you first start it up because of the amount of flavoring/bottles we tend to collect the longer we vape, but in the end it will be quite rewarding. Instead of saying ' I just saw that flavoring and I need it, but which case is it in. lol Been there done that.

    :)
     
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