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Why is my liquid turning brown?

Discussion in 'Tanks, clearomizers and drop-in coils' started by SwollenColon, May 3, 2013.

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  1. SwollenColon

    SwollenColon Full Member

    Jun 27, 2011
    Hi, I got what I figured out to be a vivi nova from a local place called vapor shark. I've had it for a month now and recently I noticed that the clear liquid I put in the tank is getting brown as I use it. Gets darker brown as it goes down. I put a new head on and its the same thing. Is it normal? Thanks
  2. Tepid

    Tepid Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 24, 2010
    Yes, this is normal. The nicotine in e-Liquid will oxidize and turn brown after some time of exposure to oxygen.
    This may also happen with some flavors.
  3. MiamiMom63

    MiamiMom63 Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 17, 2012
    South Florida
    Yes, what Tepid said is correct. Also, keep in mind that you are cooking your juice in a warm small area every time you Vape. So after awhile instead of poring in new fresh juice over some darker cooked juice and when it gets low, just por out the dark stuff and refill fresh again. At least, that's what I do.
  4. Tepid

    Tepid Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 24, 2010
    You won't have to pour out the old stuff but about every 3 days I think.
    I would not do it on every refill. I don't.
    I have a juice I made that I have refilled on about 4 days in a row.

    This pic is the last of a juice that I made that is about a week old
    I cleaned out the tank about 2 days ago.
    I just run it under really hot water and dry the wicks with paper towel
    Do Short Dry burn a few times and fill, let sit for about 10min and vape on.
    Refill as needed and repeat about every 4 days.

    I will rebuild the coil and wicks about every 1 or 2 weeks. That is my aim anyway.


    This is juice I started making yesterday, messed up and had to fix, so it is fresh, but won't be ready for a couple of days to vape.
    This juice will turn darker within the next 5 to 7 days, and start to look like what is in the tank above.
    This is my RY4 version that I have been tweaking.
    How I messed it up was putting Spokane Super Sauce Marlboro Type in it. HUGE mistake, that stuff really is nasty.
    I have about 70ml now which is cool cause I like what I make.

    Also note, that the juice looks frothy cause I put it in an empty Glycerin bottle and shook the hell out of it.
    It will clear up later.


    Edit: After some hours, this is what it looks like now. I may come back and post a pick in a week or so for an update.


    Also look up steeping. Search for my posts on the subject if you can. I do not subscribe to leaving the bottle open for long periods of time. But this will also cause juice to turn dark.

    Edit 2: Here is the same juice 9 hours later.

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