Do It Yourself e-juice, is homemade e-juice using PG or VG as your base and adding in flavors and nicotine to create a taste for your own special recipe. You can learn to make e-juice that tastes just as good as the store bought juice and it will not cost half as much as the store brand. You can also experiment with different types of flavors. Making your own is becoming a hobby with many people who vape.
How E-Juice Is Made
Making your own e-juice is not as hard as many vapers think. If you like to use the sub-ohm settings to make large clouds, you may find you are going through 10 ml. in one day. That can become expensive, especially if you favor the premium brands. The answer to saving money on your vaping is to make your own e-juice.
First of all you will need to know the amount of nicotine you would like to use when vaping. If you do not want nicotine at all, it will be easier to get your mixture together. You should be using diluted nicotine and use the strength in milligrams. There are charts and apps you can use to figure out the strength you would use in vaping. Add a little less nicotine at first so you do not over do on the nicotine. If the nicotine is 'okay', but you want a little more throat hit, you could add a drop of vodka. It doesn’t take much vodka, so add it a drop at a time.
Prepare Flavor or Flavors
Beginners should start with just one or two flavors because it does take so skill and luck to get it right. Your flavor is what makes your e-juice great or awful. Your flavoring should be 10 per cent or less of your total mixture. Unless you know what you want, use a little less than the recipe calls for and add more flavor after steeping and a taste test.
Artificial flavors are complicated to work with and can change their flavor if too much is used at one time. Also, mixing two together might not give you the flavor you are looking for when you vape. Start with a small amount of each flavor if you are mixing, so you do not waste a large batch.
Preparing the Base
The base is made up of PG and VG. Usually it is a 50/50 blend but can be a blend of up to 80/20. Do not forget that your nicotine also has some levels of VG or PG, you will need to take this into consideration when mixing your base.
Mix Your Blend
When you have everything ready, put the mixture in a bottle and shake it. Shake it really, really, hard because high VG e-juices are very thick. They need a lot of shaking in order to mix the ingredients properly.
Steep or Not To Steep
Just like a fine aged wine, e-juices will taste much better after steeping. Steeping is when you leave your already mixed ingredients to sit for a while. It needs to be left in a cool, dark place for at least a few days. There is no set time for how long to steep your mixtures. The mixture will need to be shaken every once in a while because the denser ingredients will settle to the bottom.
Some vapers will put their opened bottles of e-liquid in warm water to steep quicker. By leaving the tops off the bottles, the oxygen in the air will make the alcohol vaporize into the air. This speeds up the process so you can use your new batch quicker.
After steeping, the juice will change color and the flavor will change. This is because the nicotine is getting oxidized. The color may be a deep yellow or light brown and this is telling you that your e-juice is being properly steeped.
A few good pieces of advice about making your own e-juice are to make sure you take very good notes along the way. Many vapers enjoy making their own e-juice because they can finally find that famous rich flavor that they have been looking for in a juice. They will want to take solid notes so they can make it again and again. Make sure your notes include the ratios and amounts so you can replicate the same mixture.
If you are making your e-juice for the first time, do not make too much at once. If you are looking for a great throat hit, add more PG. If you are looking for denser vapor clouds, but want a milder throat hit, add more VG.
Remember that the longer you steep, the milder the flavor will be in your e-juice. If you want a stronger rich flavor, steep for just a couple of days or not at all.