Steeping ELiquid is the Key to Great Tasting E-Liquids
There are several good reasons why you should steep (or age) your e-liquid before you vape it in your favorite eGo ecig or vaporizer.
Think about it. Fine wines are never sold before they mature; great cheeses needs to ripen, the best tasting steaks must be aged, even tea needs to steep in hot water in order to bring out the best flavor.
E-Juice is really no different. It needs to mature to achieve optimal flavor, especially if you buy your smokejuice from eliquid companies like Mt. Baker Vapor, VaporFi or Virgin Vapor; companies that let you custom blend your e-liquids. Custom blends are great, but your e-liquids can be too fresh as they are really being sold “before their time”.
Before I knew about steeping, I would actually throw away newly purchased e-juice if it tasted too weak and had a weird waxy taste. Don’t make that mistake! Young, undeveloped e-liquids can lack flavor and can taste waxy or soapy. Some even taste overly fragrant or perfumey or have a strange aroma akin to a gent’s toilet. Not very pleasant.
Why Custom Blended E-Juice Affects Flavor
Selecting a specific ratio of the two base ingredients in e-liquid, propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerine (VG) can affect the taste and vapor production of your ecig vaping experience. We have a very informative article that explains this in detail, but for the purpose of this post, you should know that steeping is especially important if you order mostly VG e-liquids.
What Happens To the E-liquid When it is Steeping?
Practically all e-liquids are made of four ingredients: propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerine (VG), nicotine, and flavoring. Some e-liquids include pure distilled water and alcohol. As mentioned, the PG and the VG both act as bases for the nicotine and flavorings, but PG grabs the flavorings quickly, while VG, the thicker liquid takes time to absorb the flavors. Steeping simply allows the chemicals/flavor to disperse throughout the juice at the molecular level.
How Do You Steep E-Liquid?
There’s really no mystery to steeping e-liquids. Just set it aside in a cool dark place for several days, or, open the lid and let it breathe for several days. Some eliquids can take weeks, depending on the flavor and e-liquid company. It’s always smart to place open e-liquid bottles away from activity areas and out of the reach of children and pets.
Test Out Your E-Juice
Start testing your steeped e-liquid after a few days (or hours depending on the brand). Some e-liquid flavors mature more quickly, some take weeks or even months! Remember to first shake the bottle before dripping the juice into your tank as some flavors tend to settle at the bottom of the bottle.
E-Liquid Brands That Rarely Need Steeping
There are several e-liquids that taste great without steeping. Either the company uses higher-end base liquids, higher quality flavors, they mix the perfect blend of PG and VG, or they “pre-steep” their products.
We’ve tested loads of e-juices and have experimented with many PG/VG ratios. Here are a few that are top notch right out out the bottle.
All V2Cigs e-liquids are very very satisfying and taste true to their flavor’s name. You can order from Zero to a bold 2.4 nicotine mg level. There’s no waxy taste, no perfume taste and no gent’s toilet aroma.
V2 Red is a great tobacco flavor favored by thousands of vapers. So is their Sahara. Try the Green Tea Mint. It is awesome and so true to taste as is their Cola and Vanilla.
I haven’t found a HaloCigs e-liquid that needed steeping, but Belgian Cocoa, Shamrock and TriBeCa (tobacco with hints of vanilla and caramel) are worth mentioning as being great favorites among seasoned vapers.
Firebrand is a top e-liquid company and I have to say, my absolute favorite! They always pre-steep their ejuice. You can’t go wrong with any of their flavors and their labs are fully automated with state of the art sanitary, eco-friendly conditions. Firebrand offers two lines of e-liquids – Liquitine and Sub-OHM which is 80% VG for perfect clouds that won't clog up your coils. If you're looking for a creamy flavor that has no trace of diacetyl, their Carnivale flavor is second to none.
Mt. Baker Vapor’s – Solar Flare, Hawk Sauce, Guava, Red licorice, and Cucumber Mint never need steeping. MBV lets you custom create your own VG/PG ratios and you can add extra flavor shots.
Virgin Vapor, the 100% organic e-liquid company also lets you select your VG and PG preference and add shots. Some flavors do need steeping, but their Plumb Crazy and Orange Creamsicle are two of their many terrific flavors that satisfy right out of the bottle.
All the above brands are priced similarly and within reason. I always recommend you start out with small or sample sized bottles as taste preferences to vary.