This is an insight as to how I make my E Liquids.
For the most part I utilizes common principles and techniques.
Although we all have certain areas we tend to customize or expand on.
There are numerous tutorials online and I would suggest reading them.
In addition, visual representation is generally helpful too.
YouTube has a lot of videos under DIY e liquid mixing.
For the purpose of simplicity I’m going to base almost everything on supplies from Wizard Labs.
Please read the other DIY sections first-
Some Important Guidelines-
- Don’t attempt DIY until you know your desired Nicotine and PG/VG preferences
- If you use 100% VG make sure you add 2-3 ml of Distilled Water
- When using alcohol in mixes make sure you store these in glass bottles
- When you test DIY try to use a VV device
- Use quality Atomizers like the io6 from iKenvape
- Practice on just a few individual flavors first
- PreMix and prepare individual flavors prior to final mix
- Insure ALL your concentrated flavors are in glass bottles with dropper caps
- To save money – Don’t use nicotine in your test mixes until you decided on flavor percentages
- NEVER microwave e liquid OR Flavors
- Do not refrigerate or freeze Flavors. You CAN freeze Nicotine, although I never do
- Do not leave caps off DIY liquid for steeping unless they contain alcohol
- Prepare a Safe and Clean working environment
- Always wear safety glasses and gloves and keep hand sanitizer close by
- Keep all DIY liquids away from Children and Pets
You may wish to use software for your mixing. Most who DIY do. Try ejuicemeup first.
Here’s a video tutorial on the software.
ALL of my flavors are prepared and steeped beforehand – Basically a Pre Mix.
Steeping is simply aging or allowing the mix to mature. Much like wine.
Steeping takes time and waiting for your creations can be frustrating.
There’s temptation to shorten your steep time and hope for the best. Don’t do this.
At any given time I have at least 6 flavors aging in the cupboard. You should too.
Why I do this-
When you mix in the traditional single step manner, you’re not working with matured flavors.
Flavors that have aged will provide a more rounded and balanced taste.
Always focus on the flavor concentrates first.
There are those that may say this is overkill. It’s not.
After a couple of weeks or a month, you have a clearer and richer representation for your final mix.
For high VG content mixes this is even more important due to a lack of PG.
1 ml is Equal to approximately 20 drops of liquid
3 ml = 60 drops 10ml = 200 drops 30ml = 600 drops
From here we can determine how many “Percentage” drops are required for flavorings.
Standard industry bottles are available in 3ml, 10ml, 30ml
For 3ml bottles or Mixes-
5% = 3 drops 10% = 6 drops 15% = 9 drops 20% = 12 drops
For 10ml bottles or Mixes-
1% = 2 drops 5% = 10 drops 10% = 20 drops 20% = 40 drops
For 30ml bottles or Mixes-
1% = 6 drops 5% = 30 drops 10% = 60 drops 20% = 120 drops
If you have 10ml of nicotine base and need 10% flavor you would put it 20 drops of flavoring.
Flavor percentages vary from manufacturer but are ultimately based on individual tastes.
- TFA and LorAnn from Wizard Labs suggest starting at 5%
- Capella OR ‘Ella’s’ from High Desert Vapes say start at 10%
- Nature’s Flavor Organic suggest starting at 0.5% to 4%
- Many Tobacco concentrates such as TFA’s Tobacco Absolute only require 1 – 1.5 %
If you wish to use additional ingredients, additives or enhancers, percentages may vary.
Here are some common additional Ingredients that DO NOT alter the above percentages-
FA MTS Vape Wizard
Smooth Flavor PG Concentrate (TFA)
Brown Sugar TFA or chosen Sweetener
Concentrated Lemon Juice
Malic Acid (AKA Sour)
You will need ALL of these Ingredient types to produce a good final Mix.
These depend on the specific mix.
Nicotine and Preparation
Before I begin any DIY I prepare my Nicotine at least 2 days before.
Nicotine has a strong peppery taste and aroma. Obviously, this transfers to your final mix.
I purchase 24mg Nic mixed in 100% VG.
Generally I cut it down by diluting it with PG and or VG.
I vary my levels of PG depending on flavor type.
Pour Nicotine into an open glass bowl and cover with a paper towel
Store it up high, away from heat and light for at least 24 hours
This will help to reduce the peppery taste and aroma
Let’s experiment and Mix a Flavor
Apple Pie from Wizard Labs by TFA. You can use any flavor here
The suggested flavor percentage starts at 5%
My recommendation for quick mixing would be 10%
Have all your tools and supplies laid out within easy reach- http://thevaperstable.com/diy-e-liquid-tools-supplies/
Prepare a 10ml bottle of your PG/VG without Nicotine.
If you’re not certain of your percentages try a 50/50 mix to start with and alter accordingly.
- Pour 10ml of PG/VG into a Graduated Cylinder using a luer lock syringe or Pipette
- Transfer into a small glass bowl (Mise en place)
- Add 10 drops of flavor (5% of 10ml) or 20 drops (10% of 10ml)
- Stir with a pipette until the liquids are evenly mixed
- Grab a larger bowl and partially fill it with hot water from the tap
Just enough to allow you to place your mix bowl into it, without allowing water in-
It should float
- Allow the water to cool to room temperature. This is providing a quick steep
- Transfer half into a bottle and put it away for two weeks. Shake it every other day
Using a clean pipette or dropper place 3 drops directly onto a clean and broken in Atomizer.
Take a few vapes and see how it tastes.
Vape at various voltages and watts too. make notes on your preferences.
More than likely it’s going to lack richness and strength.
At this point you can experiment by adding a few extra drops but don’t make it too rich or sweet.
If we were to fast forward 2 weeks you would notice that the steeped batch has a richer flavor.
DIY is trial and error so experiment with your percentages but remember to take notes on everything!
There’s nothing worse than making a great recipe and not having it recorded.
Repeat the above process but this time include Nicotine.
You will notice that the flavor is completely different.
It’s important that you understand and appreciate the subtleties and variations with and without nicotine.
Tobacco mix with Nicotine using two flavors.
TFA’s Tobacco Absolute
This is what is called a “Main” It is a base from which to build on.
Seedman’s Commercial Tobacco
This is what is known as a “Secondary Note”.
Wizard Labs sell a variety of these and each adds a distinctive overall flavor.
- Pour 20mls of Nicotine & PG/VG mix into your open glass bowl
- 4 single drops (1%) of Tobacco Absolute (TA)
- 20 drops (5%) of Seedman Commercial Tobacco
- 2 single drops of MTS Vape Wizard
- 1 drop of Ethyl Maltol
- 10 + drops of Smooth
- 10 + drops of sweetener
- I generally add about 8 drops of alcohol too
Proceed as with above mixing steps and place half into a bottle and put away for two weeks.
If you have the patience, try steeping a batch for a month to compare.
Unfortunately, DIY is not an exact science as flavor is subjective.
Therefore there is no definitive rule to required liquid quantities.
As I always say….It’s Trial and Error.
When it comes time to assess your steeped sample mix, make sure you make a fresh batch again.
This way you can do side by side comparisons and take notes accordingly.
The Final Mix-
As you may have concluded, a final mix is achieved much the same way as the premix.
Your flavors however, have been steeped beforehand. The Nicotine has also been prepared.
Generally, there is no need to use the warm bath although it won’t hurt.
Really, the final mix is now about adding Additional Ingredients and fine tuning prior to the final steep.
As a minimum I would suggest steeping for at least 2 weeks. Many Tobaccos require a month or more.
Again, there are no specific rules, which makes it a little complicated as your options are wide open.
What I add to Tobacco Flavors-
Apart from these ingredients below, my main additions come in the form of flavors.
I don’t like most commercial plain tobacco flavors, although I loved cigarettes.
Experiment by adding a few drops of vanilla, chocolate, butter rum or even some pastry undertones.
Your imagination can allow for an extra dimension and let’s face it, this is half the fun.
look closely at a list of cigarette ingredients-
You will notice that tobacco manufacturers always use additional every day flavors like chocolate and vanillin.
I believe it makes a difference.
These ingredients are added also-
- M Type Tobacco Premium – Tabanon/Tabanone
Tabanone is an important tobacco note molecule. Very strong but a must try
It helps produce a more realistic interpretation of commercial cigarettes.
No more than 1%
- Acetyl Pyrazine- An enhancer generally used in dessert e liquids but great in tobacco
It must be used carefully and at 1% of your mix. Adds bready and nutty undertones
- Ethyl Maltol or EM. It is also known as Cotton candy. Adds body & reduces sharp notes
Start at 1% and adjust from there
- MTS Vape Wizard
To smooth and blend flavors
1 drop per 10ml on average
- Bitter Wizard
Adds bitterness and sometimes helps boost flavor
1 drop per 10ml
Using just a drop or two can add an element to Tobacco making it more palatable
I feel this adds richness to the mix even though I allow it to evaporate
Especially important with a low PG content
Average about 3 to 4 drops per 10ml
If you’re using flavors that contain Organic Ethyl Alcohol, or you wish to add alcohol,
follow the steps as with nicotine. This allows for much of the alcohol aroma to evaporate,
which is what you want.
For those that use a high percentage of VG, alcohol allows for a touch of extra TH or throat hit.
I find it adds body and a slight richness too.
When it comes to DIY, patience is your friend. As I’ve said before, it’s just like a good bottle of wine……
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