Either as a way to quit smoking or for recreation, without a doubt, vaping in general has enjoyed a noticeable rise in popularity over the past several years. Because of this, there has been a virtual boom in vape hardware technology, and the development in different e-liquid practices.
As a result, there has been a lot of misinformation out there about some of the terminology of when it comes to e-liquids, particularly about the difference between “Fresh” and “Steeped” e-liquids. Well let’s set the record straight.
E-liquid has a “born date” and a “ready to use date”. The first of which is the day the mixture is created and the second, the day in which the liquid is safe for the user to vape with. “Fresh” e-liquid is the state in which the bottle of liquid hasn’t become heavily saturated with condensed flavor. There is no hard and ready rule to determine how long a bottle of e-liquid will remain in the fresh state as it often depends on the brand of e-juice the vaper chooses to partake in.
Steeped e-liquid, however, is the point at which the mixture has condensed enough to create a more flavorful type of liquid. This is the result of the bottle remaining in storage over a prolonged period of time, and out of the sunlight. Once could also push the bottle into the steeped state in a quicker manner by shaking it over a few days, or sitting it in a bowl of hot water until it cools to room temperature. The former, however, should be treated with caution as intense heat can accidentally distort the bottle. Many vapers intentionally steep their e-liquid over an extended period of time. They do it by either putting it on a shelf or in a cabinet, though any cool dry place would be ideal for steeping purposes.
Let’s have a quick recap. Fresh e-liquid is the liquid in-between the ready to use date and the condensed steeped form. Steeped e-liquid is the result of leaving the bottle in some type of storage so as to saturate the flavors more fully into the mixture. And steeping is the practice of creating steeped e-liquid for enjoyment purposes. Hopefully that has cleared some things up and you can go about your vaping day.