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Discussion in 'General E-Liquid Discussion' started by pita1028, Jul 12, 2012.

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  1. pita1028

    pita1028 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 7, 2011
    North Jersey
    How long should most liquids be allowed to steep for max flavor?
     
  2. wseyller

    wseyller Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 12, 2012
    Hendersonville NC
    Max? Probably depends on the liquid. Month or two is usually the max overall. Some can be used right away. After a week usually handles most everything i have encountered.

    Sometimes you can speed up the process by leaving the cap off for a while or giving it a hot water bath and then shake it well everyday. All of that is questionable whether it works.

    Normally when the liquid get darker or changes color it has aged well.

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  3. wseyller

    wseyller Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 12, 2012
    Hendersonville NC
    Edit duplicate post
     
  4. seanmc

    seanmc Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 30, 2008
    Fairfield California
    Depends om where you get your liquid. If you get it from a place that mixes to order...I take thd cap and dripper off and put it in a cupboard for about a week (shaken daily), you'll notice the color get alot darker and the fragrance will mellow out. Most of the bigger sites pre mix, so no steeping is needed. You can usually tell who mixes to order by the options they give you, like pg/vg ratio, flavor strength and extras.

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  5. pita1028

    pita1028 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 7, 2011
    North Jersey
    Excellent thanks fellas!
     
  6. codysb05

    codysb05 Full Member Verified Member

    Jan 25, 2012
    Richland
    Sometimes I have found that I enjoy the flavor progression from day 1 till several weeks later when im finishing the bottle.
     
  7. wseyller

    wseyller Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 12, 2012
    Hendersonville NC
    In some cases i also found this true. Some liquids were better to my taste with less steeping.

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  8. YorkieGirl1

    YorkieGirl1 Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 5, 2012
    Pennsylvania
    I found that organic flavored juices need at least a week to steep, but preferably two. All of my artificial type flavored juices are excellent after 24 hours. I think the organic ones take longer because of the alcohol in them -(.
     
  9. Mr.Mann

    Mr.Mann ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Dec 30, 2011
    All over the place
    Only you can be the judge of that. I recommend trying the flavors at least once a week and jotting down a few notes or impressions about how you perceive the flavor--as a general rule of thumb, most do get better with time, but as to how much time, well that is as much a matter of opinion as everything else.
     
  10. c8h10n4o2x2

    c8h10n4o2x2 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 20, 2012
    NW Florida
    What do you mean by steeping juice? Are you just taking the cap off and exposing the liquid to air, or running the bottles(sealed) under hot water.
     
  11. Mr.Mann

    Mr.Mann ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Dec 30, 2011
    All over the place
    Steeping (really) only means time: a day, week, month, 3 months, 6 months or longer; up to about a year. Right now I am really enjoying a 7 month aged flavor (BWB Backo).

    After time passes, the flavors often get very tasty.
     
  12. c8h10n4o2x2

    c8h10n4o2x2 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 20, 2012
    NW Florida
    Ok, that makes since, I knew what Steeping was but could not figure out in what context it was being used on the forums.
    Thank you
     
  13. wokkerk

    wokkerk Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 30, 2012
    Portland, Oregon
    I have a bunch of juices steeping in a closet with the top off right now....opened the door today and the smell of mixed juices hit me and I was wayyy overwhelmed haha
     
  14. Fezzed

    Fezzed Full Member Verified Member

    May 17, 2012
    Seattle wa
    I generally get my tap water as hot as it will go, pop my eliquids in a plastic bag and submerge them until they return to room temperature. Then I take the caps and drippers off for a few days and finally I let them sit for a couple of weeks, shaking occasionally. Don't know if all that is really necessary but after a couple weeks they generally taste pretty good and I feel like I did something to help the process along. I'm sure YMMV.
     
  15. meli.

    meli. Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Hi Guys, now I'm completely new to this whole thing, so patience please, perhaps I'm not finding the correct threads...
    I have some TPA dark chocolate, French vanilla and dulche de leche. I would like to make a fairly simple chocolate vape, I understand from GoodDog's thread (Little DIY Tricks - chocolate) requiring time to develop, and think I have found the right advice with regards to chocolates there, but, do you guys make the flavour base first, steep it and then add the nic or do you mix it all in together and steep.
    I thought I had seen a Steeping the Basics somewhere, but it's eluding me today. All help or points of direction much appreciated :)
     
  16. Yves

    Yves Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 23, 2012
    Matamata, New Zealand
    When I am happy with my flavouring level. I make the mix with nic and then let it steep.
     
  17. ~Sue~Feb2012

    ~Sue~Feb2012 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 10, 2012
    USA
    I thought I read somewhere that leaving the cap off kills the nicotine levels?
    I definitely know that it helps that awful perfumey smell go away in a few days, but in the meantime, the ones with that chemical or perfumey smell irritate my allergies sheesh! Headaches, sneezing, itchey watery eyes, ....all from smelling a juice! (same as allergy season with high pollen counts :facepalm: omg lol
     
  18. The Hill Giant

    The Hill Giant Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 5, 2012
    Providence
    You read my mind. This is the part that confuses me. I keep reading about steeping with the caps off, but I've also read in a number of places that doing so will cause almost all of the nicotine to evaporate rather rapidly. Does steeping with the cap on actually help with the perfumy/chemical taste of some juices?
     
  19. Kyi

    Kyi Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 7, 2010
    Atlanta
    I usually leave the tops off of all my bottles after I get them. I get low nicotine anyway, so I may not be able to tell whether or not the nicotine level has gone down, but I do know that it does help with the perfumey taste and smell.

    When I "speed" steep them (usually right after getting the juice), I'll give it a shake, take the tops off, squeeze it a few times to refresh the air inside, then I'll sit them on top of my router for a few hours. The router is warm (not hot), so it makes a good spot for the juices to steep. I will shake them occasionally and leave them back on there. I've even left them there over night on accident before, juices still taste fine and they have darkened quite a bit faster. I do not know if this changes the flavor of the juice more or less than steeping it the normal way.

    After they're done steeping, I put them in a small jewelry box that has a lid, and keep them in there. Everytime I open the lid, there's a rather pungent blast of smells from all the liquids in there. Phew!
     
  20. The Hill Giant

    The Hill Giant Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 5, 2012
    Providence
    Out of curiosity, do they still steep if you keep the tops on, just at a slower rate?
     
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