Vaping has gained a lot of popularity in the past couple of years. It has helped many people give up the nasty habit of smoking. However, it can be a little costly to get started. Buying all of the equipment can add up rather fast, but in the long run, it will end up saving you more money. Just like anything, there are ways to make your new hobby cheaper. You can buy some things that have been used for a cheaper price and you can even make your vape juice. The juice that goes into your vape can get pretty expensive, especially if you are someone who goes through a bottle or more a week. Luckily, you can make your own and here is how.
Gather Your Supplies
The first thing you are going to need is a base liquid.
Propylene glycol mixed with vegetable glycerin is the most common base liquid that people will use. You can buy premixed containers that are 70/30 or 50/50 ratios, but it is recommended that you buy a container or each product so you can mix it to your exact liking.
After you have your base liquid you are going to need to add in some flavor.
You should get water-soluble flavor concentrates. There a ton of different flavors that you can get like; coffee, tobacco, fruits, candies, different types of drinks, baked goods, and so much more. However, just like a liquid base, some one-shot flavors are already premixed for. These are perfect for people who are just venturing into the world of making their juice.
Nicotine is completely optional when it comes to vaping.
However, most people enjoy having a little bit of it in their juice. You can use either nicotine salts or diluted nicotine. The main difference between salts and nicotine is that the salts will be smoother than regular diluted nicotine. There are plenty of different strengths for nicotine that you can get. The salts are better to use for stronger doses of nicotine. You should be super careful when handling the nicotine, because if you accidentally spill it can be pretty dangerous to your health.
Then, you’ll need some bottles to keep all of your tasty creations stored in.
You should have some 100mL bottles around for your liquid base. If you are adding in nicotine then keep it stored in an amber or cobalt bottle; these solid, dark bottles will help to slow down the degradation. Keep 10mL bottles to mix your experimental mixtures in. Then, have some 60mL bottles to mix the juices that you end up enjoying.
There a couple of random things that you will also need to make your vape juice.
You will need a syringe or a scale depending on how you are planning on measuring your ingredients. Some other things that make the whole process easier are some disposable gloves and labels.
Find A Recipe And Ratio That You Like
After gathering all your supplies together it is time to start mixing it. You will need a recipe to make these juices. Luckily, there are a ton of different ones available online. There are also plenty of websites that offer calculators where you can type in your ingredients and it gives you the proper ratios. Most beginners will want to stick to the basics and use just one or two flavors. Once you have had more practice you will be able to create your juice without a whole bunch of effort.
Let It Steep
Something that a lot of beginners overlook is the steeping process. Steeping is the process of just letting your newly mixed juice sit so the flavors will mix and blend nicely. The most common practice is called “breathing,” where you just let your product sit with the top off and allow the alcohol that is in many flavors concentrates to evaporate. Most recipes that you find will have a recommended steeping time. The more common juices like plain fruits won’t need nearly as much time as the more complex cream-based desserts which can require up to four weeks!
Label And Store Properly
So after you’ve made your juice and cleaned up your mess, you are going to need to store it. You want to make sure you have everything labeled probably so you don’t grab one juice thinking it is something different and end up being disappointed. After getting the labels put on you will want to store them in a cool, dark place. It is also important you keep them out of reach of any children or pets you might have running around your home.
If you are new to the vaping community and are looking for a way to save some money on your newfound hobby, then consider making your juice. The supplies are relatively inexpensive for as much product as you can get out of them. You might experience a bit of a learning curve, but stick with it and you will be on your way to making some awesome, new juices.