Experienced vapers adore the steeping ritual and practice it with much pride every time they break into a new bottle. But that said, not every vaper understands or practices steeping their vape juice. Wait, what does steeping even mean? Is it a necessity or simply an addon? It is a process that can change your whole vaping experience if done right.
Here we will explore the basics of steeping and learn the nuances of performing this step to perfection for the best value.
What Is Steeping?
In vape juices, steeping refers to the diffusion of the vape liquid flavors in a closed container, away from light.
To understand the importance of steeping, let us revisit the concept of diffusion from our chemistry classes. Diffusion refers to the process where substances of higher concentration move to a location with lower concentration.
You can take the example of a cup of tea to understand the need for steeping. The diffusion of the leaves or powder in the water slowly enhances the flavor of the beverage. Steeping too long or too short can have a drastic influence on the output. Same way, freshly prepared e-juice requires some time to offer the optimal experience.
Consider heating your best vape coils. The Vape juice contains a perfect balance of 4 critical components – Vegetable Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, flavoring agent, And Nicotine. But when prepared, these components may not necessarily blend well. Steeping or allowing the e-juice to age will help the flavors homogeneously spread throughout the vape juice. At peak maturity, the juice will have an even concentration of flavors, ensuring every drag is enriched with a burst of bold flavors.
Steeping additionally helps to eliminate the chemical smell and taste that is prominent in freshly prepared e-liquids. The reason behind this is that the liquids do not have a consistent concentration of flavors. But once steeped, the e-juice can exhibit an exquisite flavor palette that is drool-worthy.
Remember, It Is A Choice.
Before we dig deep into the various steeping methods, it is essential to clarify that steeping is, in fact, an additional step that can have good results. Although there is no scientific evidence to prove its values, experienced users often suggest the process to novice vapers. That said, you can always skip this process and continue to relish vaping your favorite juices.
Learn To Steep
If you decide to try steeping your vape juices, then here are the three most common natural methods for the process.
It is the most basic and most straightforward of them all. Once your homemade vape juice batch is ready or you have purchased bottles from the store, place them in a cool, dry place in your home. Make sure to check up and shake the bottles once every day and place them back to rest. After a week, test the liquid to see if you can feel a change in the flavors. If not, you can continue to steep for a few weeks till you get the optimum results.
Breathing is an entirely different process from steeping that involves oxidizing the juice. Open the lid of your vape juice bottle and let it remain for 12 hours. It will help the juice to breathe, which will result in better flavors. It will also evaporate the strong chemical odor from your liquid and make it pleasant and soothing.
As the name suggests, the method is a combination of steeping and breathing. For this process, start by running the bottle under warm water. Now remove the lid off the bottle and place the juice in a dark, cool corner of the house for at least two hours. Once complete, close the bottle and shake it vigorously. Let the bottle rest for about six hours. Repeat the process every six hours for at least the next two days to get your juice ready.
So How Long Should I Steep?
No one size fits everyone when it comes to steeping. The duration of the process mainly depends on your taste and personal preference. You can stop steeping when you feel like your test vaping gives you the optimal experience and flavor density.
A guideline to the approximate timelines for steeping is as follows.
Single flavors – 24 hours
Fruity Flavors – 24 – 48 hours
Complex flavors (dessert) – Two – Three weeks
Nicotine Juices – Two Weeks
While these are approximate timelines for the process, the actual steeping may be over much quickly or take even a month in some cases. Also, the higher the PG content, the faster the steeping. So, if you need quick steeping of your vape juices, choose a PG-rich bottle.
Quicker Steeping Is Possible
If you are feeling a little impatient about the steeping process timelines, you can also try some methods to expedite the results.
A simple setup with warm water can work well to steep your vape juice. Close the bottle tightly and place it inside a plastic cover. Place the bag in the warm water bath and let it steep for about 5 hours. Your juice should be ready for use now.
Heat rice in a container and place the vape juice bottle in the middle. It is essential to maintain the rice temperature within a range. So, remove the bottle when the temperature goes down and heat it back again in the microwave before placing the bottle. Steep for at least eight hours in this case.
Other processes for quick steeping include the slow cooker method, ultrasonic cleaner.
The perfect e-liquid has a striking balance of each component that brings out the flavors boldly and elegantly. Steeping is a simple process that can ensure these results for every single bottle of vape juice you purchase. As mentioned above, you can invest time in the natural steeping process or speed it up with some tricks. But make sure to steep your juices from now on without fail. And don’t forget to assess your vape juice ingredients, VG/PG ratio, flavoring agents, and nicotine to choose an appropriate steeping process for the best results.