Steeping vape e-juice is a process that’s quite divisive in the vaping community. Some users love it, while others aren’t too interested in it and don’t really enjoy the benefits.
When you steep e-juice, you’re essentially letting the flavor ripen. It’s like letting wine age, in the sense that it makes the liquid stronger and richer.
If you only vape to get your nicotine fix or to chase clouds, it can be a nice addition but not a necessity. If you vape to taste the flavor, I think it’s a great thing to do.
Besides, steeping requires minimal effort and you don’t really have to pay attention to it.
In this article, I’ll give you a few techniques on how to boost the flavor and get the most out of your e-juices.
4 Effortless Ways to Steep Vape E-Juice
1. One Month Steeping
This method takes the longest amount of time—a few weeks—but it’s the most frequently used because it’s so low-effort.
To begin, you’ll need to place your vape liquids into opaque containers. You want to cut out all light from reaching the liquid, and this begins with the container itself.
Once this is done, put the liquid somewhere dark and cool, like a wardrobe or kitchen cupboard. If you want to eradicate all risks of spillage, place the container in something larger, like some Tupperware or a shoebox.
Keep the liquid there for approximately two weeks to a month. This may seem like a long time, but it’s more of a general rule than a necessity and it ensures maximum steeping can take place.
Once a day, shake the bottle to speed up the process. Do this quite intensely for around a minute, at approximately the same time of day too.
Also once a day, remove the lid for about half an hour. The air will increase oxidization, which is the main part of the entire process, whatever method you choose to use.
Oxidization causes reduction, the removal of certain ingredients in the liquid. Once these are removed, it allows the other aspects to have more presence, namely the flavor.
Throughout this entire process, it’s important that no light makes contact with the liquid. It can make the steeping process worthless—annoying, considering how long you’ve spent doing it.
2. Bathing the Liquid
This is a very quick method and arguably the easiest, as it requires the least attention and can be done in a few hours.
The first step is to fill a bowl with warm water.
I like to boil the kettle, let it cool for five minutes, and then use that water. It’s hot enough to steep the e-liquid and cool enough to not melt the container it’s in.
Next, place the e-liquid in a Ziploc bag. This is waterproof and stops the liquid from making direct contact with the container, which can render the entire process useless.
Place the Ziploc bag in the liquid, and wait for it to cool to room temperature. You can test this with your hand, but on average this will probably take around 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove the lid from your vape liquid to get a bit of oxidization going. Put the lid back on and give it a good shake.
You’re now ready to go. Put it in your vaping device and enjoy the strengthened flavors.
3. Shallow Bath
This method is quite similar to the one explained above but uses less water.
To start, fill a container with warm water, similar to the temperature in the above method. I’d use the kettle again, allowing it to cool for 10 minutes or so.
Once you’ve removed the cap from the liquid container, place it halfway into the water. Don’t have it fully covered—leave it submerged up to where the top of the liquid in the container stops.
Leave it there until the liquid’s cooled. You’ll know it’s worked if the liquid is now a darker color than before.
Place the cap back on the liquid, give it a good shake, and it’s ready for use.
This method is by far the easiest on the list, as you have to do very little and wait only for seconds.
To begin, place your vape liquid into the microwave. Let it run at a high temperature for 10 seconds, then stop the process.
It’s very important to stop after 10 seconds; otherwise, the liquid can burn and the bottle can melt. This can be incredibly dangerous as e-liquid is very sticky—if you get some on your hands, you’ll get some nasty blisters, and will leave a big mess.
When it’s finished in the microwave, take the bottle out and remove the lid to let it breathe for a bit. Put the lid back on and give it a shake.
If the color isn’t significantly darker, you can repeat the entire process until you’re happy. However, make sure the liquid has cooled to room temperature; otherwise, you could get hurt or damage your microwave as I mentioned above.
There are clearly a few methods for steeping e-liquid, and the most important part is letting it oxidize for reduction. Your vape liquid becoming darker than before is a clear indication that the steeping process you chose has worked.
There isn’t an endpoint as such, as it’s down to the user’s preference. However, I personally think it can become too strong and overpowering, especially if you have a mechanical mod, for example, or operate at a very high wattage.
In addition to the ones mentioned here, you can invent your own processes.
As long as it oxidizes and reduces, there isn’t a lot more to it. I’ve seen some mention putting it in your car’s glove compartment or leaving it in hot rice, but I prefer the simpler methods like the ones highlighted here.