When it comes to costs, the major drawback of vaporisers is the price of e-liquids. For example, sub-ohm setups can burn up to 10 ml of juice a day. If you’re using an expensive brand, then you’ll quickly see money adding up.
Making your own liquid has an extensive set of advantages. First of all, the price decreases and you can create flavours that you won’t find in your shop. What if your local shop is out of liquids with your preferred nicotine level? You don’t have to worry if you’ve prepared your DIY supplies as you can make your liquid quickly and efficiently.
In this article, we’re going to tell you everything you need to make a high-quality do-it-yourself juice. We’ll tell you about the required ingredients and how to make the perfect combination.
What is the do-it-yourself juice?
The DIY liquid is a mixture of three main compounds: PG, VG, Base Liquid, Nicotine & Flavouring agent. Mixing them together provides for unique taste and experience.
Of course, not all of them must be mixed together. You might omit the nicotine or the flavouring to match your smoking preferences. Mixing substances might sound like you’d need a university degree in chemistry, but things are far easier than that.
How to mix liquids?
There are two methods for mixing in existence, whereas the one is by weight and the other by volume.
The first method requires to weight each ingredient. The VG, PG and the flavorings have a different weight per ml, so you’d need a calculator.
The other process requires a set of syringes to calculate the volume of each ingredient. Ideally, you’d need to use a new one for each. Note that this process requires some post cleaning.
Our recommendation goes for the first method as it is more accurate. Moreover, you won’t have to clean a big mess afterwards.
What matters most is to get the right ingredients for the mixing process. For the purpose, we’ve compiled a list of everything you need.
Base liquid: First and foremost, you will need propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin – the two main compounds of every liquid. The base liquid is a mixed unflavoured e-juice without nicotine.
Flavour concentrates: This determines the taste of your e-juice. There are literally hundreds of tastes to choose from. Moreover, there are specific pre-mixed flavours that provide a unique taste.
Nicotine: Smokers crave nicotine and those who use vaporisers often do it to quit smoking. So, adding nicotine is up to you. You can choose a different strength of nicotine according to your preferences.
Storage Bottles: Liquids must be stored in small squeeze bottles with nozzle tips. This would allow both efficient storage and easy use. Note that, if you store nicotine, the bottles must be amber or cobalt because the dark colour prevents degradation.
- Liquid Bottles: Purchase a set of 10 mL bottles for testing and 60 mL bottles for your personal use.
- Labels: Buy labels to write down the specifics of each bottle for easier storage and categorisation.
These are the essentials that you’d need regardless of the mixing method. When you choose how you’re going to mix the ingredients, then you’d need the following equipment:
- Scale: If you’ve decided to mix by weight, then you’d need an electronic scale. Ensure that it weights up to 200 grams, because you might decide to mix larger quantities. You will also need a syringe to add nicotine and avoid mess.
- Syringes: If you’ve decided to mix by volume, then you must purchase a set of syringes. For base liquid, we advise you to use 10-30 ml syringes and 1 ml for flavouring agents and nicotine.
Do-it-yourself Juice Kits
There are many DIY bundles on the market available that will provide you with all the essentials required to start your journey.
Most kits are prepared for mixing by volume, so you’ll receive both the ingredients and the needed syringes. If you haven’t tried any of the mixing methods, then you can buy both the starter kit and a scale.
Most beginner bundles offer a great selection of flavours and they come with recipes for starters. Ensure that you’ve purchased a scale of high quality that can weigh 0.01-grams.
What to do after you finish mixing?
First and foremost, label the final product by adding the following information: nicotine levels, flavour percentage, date mixed & VG/PG ratio. If you don’t do this, you might end up creating the perfect blend but never be able to recreate it.
When you’ve mixed a couple of concentrates, they’d need some time to blend in together. Some mixes would need up to four weeks before they reach their full potential. When looking at recipes, there must be a recommended steeping time and we recommend you to follow it.
Once the countdown has passed, it’s time to test out the mix. For the purpose, it is best to purchase a rebuildable atomiser or a quality dripper. Note that the taste is heavily influenced by the ohms and temperature.
Just like any other product, the oxygen, heat and sunlight have a huge impact on the juice. It is better to keep them in a cool and dark place, outside the reach of any animals and children.
Whether you want to create a complicated and exquisite taste or make a simple mixing, with the DIY recipes there are endless opportunities.
Mixing can either take a couple of minutes or few months of attempts to develop the formula you want. This is what makes do-it-yourself flavours interesting because everything is up to your preferences.