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#21

Ya say you haven’t came up with vapable Viagra yet? Could be a big seller…


#22

My tip or trick would be something I related to before… I use bakery pipping tips as funnels for small bottles when mixing.


#23

Okay after some thought (it takes us old people some time to come some thoughts), here is a tip I think that really needs to be addressed by new people attempting to build recipes and learning diy.
I read a lot people saying to only make 5 or 10 mls of juice. I would have to disagree with this mindset, many of the newer tanks drink liquid faster that greased lightning. Only creating a small amount of juice imho (esp if your steeping for a week or two) really limits a good testing of the aging process. I vape what I make starting from a couple of days after making on thru to when my bottles are empty. I make 30ml at a time normally 5 or 6 different recipes, this gives me something to vape while something is steeping. This also gives me a variety of different mixed flavors to test. If I was only making very small batches I’d vape it in a day and in all likely hood before it’s had a chance to mature.
It might be slightly more expensive to make more juice that potentially might be wasted, but on the onset I’m mixing flavors I “think” I will enjoy, if I don’t like something, my logic is I will have enough of a base flavor to tweak with something else to make it into something I may like that has already been steeping for awhile.
So my tip is to select a half dozen recipes you think sound good, and crack some eggs… make a few omelettes, make enough so you’ll be vaping, even if it’s still a bit “raw” allow for you to see when your creations start coming of age and not need to be overly frugal as it matures.


#24

I can understand but I disagree. When making something new I make a 15ml batch. Smaller batches do in fact cure faster than larger ones. Secondly, when taste testing new recipes its less time consuming and less wasteful using and RDA opposed to a tank system. RDA’s are a ton easier to clean up afterwards as well, especially if your mix doesn’t turn out to be a good one. IMHO, you should only be using tanks on finished product.


#25

I agree - I do fine with my 10ml test batches - I might need to tweak a tiny bit when I go to 30ml, but usually not.


#26

See I just can’t see doing 10 mil batches… maybe later on after I have a good amount of juice stashed up, but as it stands with myself and step daughter vaping I have 8 different 30 mil batches we are vaping that have just steeped up 2 weeks or so, 3 or 4 about a week and another half dozen about 4 days. In about a week I’ll most likely start over on another 8 or so of the one we seem to enjoy. If I was doing this with 10 mil batches I’d still be buying from shops I’m sure.


#27

Ya see @daath this is where that “Disagree” button would work really good… lol


#28

I do 10 ml test batches mainly because I don’t want to vape or throw out 30 ml :wink: When I’m more sure of the recipe, I’ll do 20 or 30ml :smile:


#29

Nods, I understand the logic, and I’ll most likely change to smaller test batches after I’ve been mixing juices for a while longer. But honestly the grand recipes I’ve been mixing I’ve only had 1 batch that I feel kind of isn’t on par and 1 that tastes pretty strong (as if I doubled the flavor percentage). I’ll be rating some of these in the next few days, but currently I feel if I had done smaller batches I would be kicking myself in the butt for not having anything to vape lol.


#30

[quote=“CallMeTut, post:23, topic:27860, full:true”]I make 30ml at a time normally 5 or 6 different recipes, this gives me something to vape while something is steeping. This also gives me a variety of different mixed flavors to test. If I was only making very small batches I’d vape it in a day and in all likely hood before it’s had a chance to mature.
It might be slightly more expensive to make more juice that potentially might be wasted, but on the onset I’m mixing flavors I “think” I will enjoy,
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Hey Tut, you’re getting some mixed reviews here. But from one old fart to another, I can relate partially to what you’re saying. I say partially because I think a lot of it depends on familiarity with flavors. So you’re sitting in your little juice lab and thinking up a new recipe. Are you mulling over flavors you know and understand how they taste ATM (at time of mix) and after they have steeped, or are you using ones you aren’t that accustomed to? Where I agree is in the former, where I know or have some decent experience with the concentrates. Hell I don’t need any “test time” to know what Bavarian Cream will do with fruit. So when I’m concocting with those flavors I have a good relationship with, I’ll do the 30 ml batch and work from there. It WON"T be wasted.

Where we differ is with use of unfamiliar flavors or ones rarely used. Those small test batches are a lot easier on me when I can throw out 5ml vs 30. Because it just sucks to use your last bit of Blueberry only to find it doesn’t play well with apple…or something like that.


#31

Yeah I understand the concept for mixing smaller batches.

I’ve been mostly sticking to things I am 90% sure that even if I don’t really love it, I’ll like it enough to vape it. So far I’ve been extremely satisfied with what I’ve mixed. I’m just starting to venture out and play with flavors other than the posted recipes listings. Not to take away from the Chef’s thread, but I look at the recipes and am getting comfortable to the art of mixing like a cook, using known recipes and getting them down prior to changing things around. Getting that consistency in developing recipes the same each time it’s made so I have a good base to move forward on.


#32

I do 15ml test batches myself. It’s just enough to drip and then have enough left over to put in a tank to check out the difference between the two styles of vaping with that particular juice. Works for me.


#33

Honestly, it’s been a real long time since I blended something that was literally unvapeable. Probably the last time I tried to blend with cherry…lol. I usually blend test batches in 15ml size. I try my best to test new flavors in other vape shops and want enough to go around. Have a friend that will vape nearly anything, nothing will go to waste…


#34

Sounds like me lol.
I just missed the first bout on Friday night Fights, I was asked to re-make 2 recipes that we had been vaping on, so 60ml’s each of those…


#35

With any brand new recipe, I’ll typically mix up 15-20ml. When I’m satisfied with a recipe, I will then mix up anywhere from 30 - 120ml.

Tip #1 - If you haven’t yet, read all about mixing by weight. I wasted so much time and effort for my first 4 1/2 years of mixing not having a scale. Just do it.

Tip#2 - Get VERY familiar with this site. Read other peoples reviews on flavorings. Learn how to search by flavor, by mixologist, etc. Read, read, read, as much as you can.

Tip #3 - Try some proven recipes first with great comments and ratings.

Tip #4 - AFter you have successfully mixed some proven recipes, branch out on your own and get to mixin’… oh, and please share your successes.


#36

Oh yeah, one more thing I do is test batches are ALWAYS 0mg nicotine. No sense wasting nicotine should the mix not work out. Also, all can try regardless of the nic they usually use…


#37

You know what I do for my leaky Crown tanks…
I cut a circle out of a plastic 2-liter Pepsi bottle and cut a hole in the middle of it, so it looks like a donut.
And I put this between my tank and my mod. If I get any condensation of leaking, I just lick it.
Sometimes I take a cigarette lighter and heat up the edges of the plastic so they aren’t sharp. Sometimes you can get one that has perfect little curled up edges that catches any leaking
I wouldn’t dream of putting a Crown tank on any one of my mods without using one of my juice catchers.
juice. Saves my mods over and over. I hate being sticky!
Another tip… Cut the little circle in an area of the 2-liter bottle where it is nice and rounded (along the top). It makes for a nice little bowl shape to catch the juice.
I suppose I should look for a tips and tricks thread and post this there. Joya


#38

I think thats a great idea. But my crown tank dont leak using pre made coils.


#40

Great write up on the use of Cookie, i have this flavor and tend to miss
my intended target with it. I’m going to try again using your info.
My
favorite right now is Sugar Cookie (FW) just a great taste on it’s own
and blends well with Yellow cake (FW) and Graham Cracker (FW) to make a
shortcake taste.


#41

Sometimes I create recipes that doesn’t have depth of flavor. It’s like the first hit seems to fade quick. Cookie FA, Yellow Cake FW and Dulce de Leche TPA seems to absorb flavor and add depth to a mix that fade fast on the tongue. It just something that works for me.