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Do you steep your mixes?
« on: July 24, 2012, 03:51:17 PM »
I was looking for some information about steeping.
Do you steep your mixes? And how? Does it really affect the final vape in a consinstant way?
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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2012, 04:10:40 PM »
Steeping, either the quick way or the long way improves the e-Liquid consistency along with marinating the flavor into the juice. Also some of the harshness is known to fade after a while of steeping. Think of a steak marinating. :)

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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2012, 04:51:39 PM »
I tried letting the bottle sit in hot water wasn't that impressed. I think letting the bottle sit a week before using it works. Just depends how long you want to wait to use it.
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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2012, 04:53:11 PM »
I tried it with a new mix the other day for the first time and its great.

I noticed a huge difference within 30 mins of putting it in warm water.

When you but a new flavour of concentrate its pretty hard to wait a few days before trying it at its best because you won't get the best results straight after mixing. I will be doing it again for sure.

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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2012, 04:54:13 PM »
I tried letting the bottle sit in hot water wasn't that impressed. I think letting the bottle sit a week before using it works. Just depends how long you want to wait to use it.

2 seconds.. if that long even   :-\
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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2012, 05:01:31 PM »
I'm a philistine and my taste buds don't care  :P

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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2012, 05:02:12 PM »
I tried letting the bottle sit in hot water wasn't that impressed. I think letting the bottle sit a week before using it works. Just depends how long you want to wait to use it.

2 seconds.. if that long even   :-\

That's too long Jeff

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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2012, 05:03:24 PM »
Make sure when the fluids warm enough remove it and shake vigorously. Do it a couple times over a small period for best results. That will improve consistency more than just letting it sit.
Less than one second after that it's being used. ;)

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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2012, 09:27:11 PM »
I tried letting the bottle sit in hot water wasn't that impressed. I think letting the bottle sit a week before using it works. Just depends how long you want to wait to use it.

2 seconds.. if that long even   :-\

you're more patient than me. 
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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2012, 04:43:32 AM »
Well,
I am just trying a method with 5 flavours I did not enjoy (except for the French Pipe)due to probably wrong flavour concentration or just due to the "mix & vape" habit.
Just prepared 5 little 5ml bottles 80/20 PG/VG, 15% flavour.
I labeled all of them with date and put them in warm water and let them cool down.
They will stay 10 days in the dark and every day I will shake them for 30 seconds.
There is a clear difference between the premixed and the result I was achieving, premixed French Pipe for instance is almost red while my
just mixed juice results pale yellow. I am expecting it to change colour.

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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2012, 01:00:53 PM »
The steeping usually does darken the shade after a couple weeks.
While the mix is hot take it out of the water and shake. ;)

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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2012, 01:59:21 PM »
I'll try the steeping again with the next batch I mix and we'll see how it goes.
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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2012, 01:56:13 AM »
I found letting my strawberry mix (Titanium Ice 14%, Flavour 15%, PG/AG 65/35) sit overnight VASTLY improved the flavour. I just made up a small batch at 20% flavour and I can barely taste it straight after mixing.

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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2012, 12:26:12 AM »
+1 for speed steeping in hot water.

The mix will take on a less viscous consistency.

This is especially great for exclusive VG users who vape on tornado(c) atties.

Heating up the juice is a must to attain a truly distributed mix.

(remember doing experiments with super-saturated solutions in chem class?)

And please, no plastic dropper bottles. Slightly sub-boiling water can melt the plastic and let it seep into your juice. Use an old glass dropper bottle or glass test tube unless you like the taste of polycarbonate in your juice.

« Last Edit: July 31, 2012, 12:29:57 AM by cram »

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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2012, 03:06:57 PM »
I have always known and referred to the technique being discussed as ‘marrying’ the flavors and used to do this by putting different brands of cigars in a humidor and letting them sit for months with satisfactory results.  When I think of ‘steeping’ I think of a teabag, and when I think of ‘marinating’ I think of steak…and I digress.  While I did not intentionally mean to steep a mix,  I absentmindedly left a mix in the car last week for two days.  During that time the car (and mix) sat baking in the hot sun with the windows rolled up. I did actually notice that it mellowed out the throat hit a bit and the taste was slightly more pronounced in a good way (Gold Label – Tropical Tobacco).  The best part of ‘marrying’ a mix as opposed to the other methods is that you get to ‘consummate’ the union, which I always find pleasurable :-*.     

Question: Heat is heat is heat, so what makes hot water so magical?
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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #15 on: July 31, 2012, 06:33:18 PM »
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Question: Heat is heat is heat, so what makes hot water so magical?

Hot water dramatically thins the liquids so they blend more efficiently. ;)

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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #16 on: August 01, 2012, 12:02:47 AM »
here in the midwest it has been close to a 100 degrees for a month.  i mix in 50ml bottles and i have been putting them out into the direct sunlight for an hour at a minimum.  i  mix 50/50 and i suppose this is mostly for the VG so its density expands and allows the flavor and the other ingredients to 'incorporate' evenly and produce a viable product.  this has worked for me at least 10 times. 
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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #17 on: August 02, 2012, 06:27:34 AM »
I found letting my strawberry mix (Titanium Ice 14%, Flavour 15%, PG/AG 65/35) sit overnight VASTLY improved the flavour. I just made up a small batch at 20% flavour and I can barely taste it straight after mixing.


So glad i just happened accross this, i mixed some strawberry myself and vaped it straight way , as you say could bearly tast it so put it to one side and bought pre mix bottle,

i then as i was getting low tryed it as a back up and found it really strong and had to dilute it down , could not work out y just assumed it was cus after 2 months of non "smoking"  and only vaping i could tast better ,
but now i seen this thread i'm wondering if letting it sit was what made it taste better.

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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #18 on: August 02, 2012, 07:45:46 AM »
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Question: Heat is heat is heat, so what makes hot water so magical?

Hot water dramatically thins the liquids so they blend more efficiently. ;)

If you imagine an awful lot of penguins all huddled together in the freezing arctic temperatures, and along came some magical red penguins that wanted to blend into the bunch for heat, they would find it difficult to squeeze in. If you turn the sun on, the penguins won't need to be so packed together in turn freeing up more room for all the magical penguins to blend together more freely.

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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #19 on: August 13, 2012, 09:01:37 AM »
I think you are going to use them in some lab works, As I thing glass bottle with a dropper's neck are very useful in liquid transportations. You can find various suppliers on the Internet by typing bottle and bottle dropper etc.
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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #20 on: August 26, 2012, 01:10:22 PM »
I was looking for some information about steeping.
Do you steep your mixes? And how? Does it really affect the final vape in a consinstant way?
Thanks.  :)

I think that just a bunch of smoke and mirrors chances are it has already been sitting on shelf way before you got it. The flavor that is or a pre-mix.
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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #21 on: August 26, 2012, 02:25:08 PM »
I haven't tried the hot water method yet but amfinding that leaving mix at room temperature for a few days does the trick for me.  :)
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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #22 on: September 04, 2012, 07:55:41 AM »
I will usually try it a couple of minutes after mixing and vigorous shaking if it's a flavour I really can't wait to try.

Otherwise. I do find them better if I leave em a few days or so, shaking them when I pass the juice shelf. I don't bother with hot water baths but only use 20-30%VG in my mixes depending on type of flavour.

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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #23 on: September 09, 2012, 12:17:47 PM »
Glass bottles, think I have some around here somewhere...........
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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #24 on: September 09, 2012, 09:05:19 PM »
Currently I mix the ingredients in a syringe and drain it into a test tube.

The test tube then goes into HOT water, sub boiling, for about 5 minutes.

Then the test tube is drained into a dropper bottle and shaken up likes theres no tomorrow.

Works like a charm. Consistent mixtures every time.

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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #25 on: September 19, 2012, 02:47:47 AM »
good stuff here. I'm so glad I read this post. Now I'll be sure to steep and "cure" my mixes before trying to get the husband hooked.  It would suck if I gave him bad tasting mixes and he was put off of vaping.

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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #26 on: September 20, 2012, 11:49:07 PM »
Currently I mix the ingredients in a syringe and drain it into a test tube.

The test tube then goes into HOT water, sub boiling, for about 5 minutes.

Then the test tube is drained into a dropper bottle and shaken up likes theres no tomorrow.

Works like a charm. Consistent mixtures every time.

my method is similar but what it comes down to is that after you DIY your mix, expose it to heat for a period of time and then shake, shake, shake it.  the heat thins the mix making it easier for the separate compositions to mix together.  this is known as instant steeping.  and now word about letting your mix  'age' steep.  this is fine but you need to shake your mix periodically during that time to ensure an effective steep.
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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #27 on: November 04, 2012, 02:41:43 PM »
Wow, you folks are really into mixing!  I just mix mine, shake the bottle a few times then I'm off.

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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #28 on: November 22, 2012, 07:28:35 PM »
same here larry. as of now however not been too impressed with the mix ( its like a search for the holy grail finding the right one ive found )

so im goign to try this "steeping"

i hadnt vaped in a few months so some of my old mixes had been sitting in a box for the entire time. and when i tried it WOW it was amazing. ( not that im saying wait for a few months ofcourse)  buts its what made me want to vape again.

so tell me if i have this right please.

make the mix , put the bottle in hot water for 30minutes approx and then do the shaking? 

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Re: Do you steep your mixes?
« Reply #29 on: November 22, 2012, 08:22:34 PM »
Sounds interesting!  I wonder what happens to the juice during that time.

 

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