Mixology lessons. Introduction

choosing your flavors and the basic rules of mixing

Mixology lessons. Introduction

choosing your flavors and the basic rules of mixing
We begin our applied alchemy lessons for young vapers. Today we will tell you everything you need to know before mixing your own liquid. And will also share a couple of recipes along the way.

What you will need:

  • a base (with or without nicotine);
  • flavors;
  • an empty bottle with a dropper or a narrow spout;

We also recommend buying a syringe to help you with precise dosages. A typical pharmacy type syringe without a needle will do.


The base

The contents of the base are simple: glycerin, propylene glycol and some nicotine. However, nicotine is optional.

When choosing your base, pay attention to the strength and ratio of glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG). The more glycerin, the more massive the vapor clouds. The more propylene glycol, the brighter the taste, but the stronger the throat hit. You can choose BALANCE and OPTIMAL for an RTA, while CLOUD and EXTRA are more pleasant on an RDA.

If you're mixing your base yourself and not buying it ready - made, make sure that your VG and PG have the USP label: it means that the product doesn't contain any harmful impurities. It's best to buy components in specialized stores: the glycerin sold in pharmacies has a distinct taste of gauze and bandages, which is far from a crowd favorite.


Flavors

To create any, even the most complex taste, conventional food flavors are used. The very same ones used in yoghurts, candy, and pretty much everywhere else. We have already covered at length their contents and specifics, so let's not linger and only talk about what's most important.

First, the flavors you buy should be based on propylene glycol. Some manufacturers use alcohol and essential oils — these should be avoided, otherwise the final liquid will act up, stain the coil and give you an unpleasant throat hit.

Second, we don't recommend skimping on flavors. Cheap flavors often give off an unnatural "soapy" taste. You can use them, but maybe don't start with them.
My first mix tasted like a cross between liquid soap, cough syrup and a nuclear disaster. But I liked it.
Bottles

Yeah, be sure to stock up on bottles. Our bottles are made out of PET — a type of food plastic that doesn’t react with flavors and nicotine. It’s better to experiment using bottles of 10 ml: they’re easier to count, and not too much of a pity to throw away.


Step 1: Single flavor

We’ll start with the simplest of things: one taste, one flavor. Choose any flavor that you fancy and let’s get down to business.

The most important thing is to decide on the concentration. For our flavors we indicate the recommended dosage directly on the bottle. However, that is our preferred concentration, and not the ideal dosage for everyone. If you prefer a softer taste, it’s fine to add less flavor.

For TPA and Capella flavors the rule of thumb is: start with 4−5% (which equates to 15−20 drops per 10 ml). If the taste is weak, you can add more. Better safe than sorry.

After making your mind on the flavor concentration, add the base, seal the bottle tightly and give it a good shake. You should spend a while shaking to get everything properly mixed.


Step 2: Mixed liquid

Early on, when choosing the flavors, it’s worth pondering: how many combinations can be achieved using them? It’s better to start with pleasant neutral tastes, which are easily combined with anything. It makes the most sense to take a universal foundation (e.g. cream, mint or tobacco) and several toppings: fruit, berries, nuts, anything else.

Decide ahead of time which flavor will be dominant in the overall taste. It’s unadvisable to randomly mix flavors in the hopes of "maybe I’ll get something worthwhile". Most likely you’ll get a mess. And even if a good taste emerges, you probably won’t be able to reproduce it later.

The optimal amount of flavors in the mixture is 10−15%. If you do your mixing in drops, then 40 drops per 10 ml of liquid will suffice.

You can boldly add the dominating flavor: up to 7% (about 30 drops). For secondary aromas 2−3% is enough, that’s why they are secondary after all. You should exercise extreme caution when adding spices and sweeteners: not a drop over 1 percent.

At first you shouldn’t mix more than three flavors. The more flavors you add, the harder it is to find the perfect combination of components.

And don't forget to write things down! If you like the taste, it would be too sad if you forgot the recipe. I will never repeat my first mix — but maybe it's for the best.
Tasting

Drop a little liquid on the coil of your atomizer. Pay attention to your senses — is this the taste you were going for? If not, don’t rush to pour out the liquid: perhaps it just hasn’t been +steeped yet. Put the bottle in a dark place and give it a day or two. Some liquids need to be steeped for at least a week.

Sometimes the taste turns out too harsh: one flavor can obscure all the others or, vice versa, it can seem as if something is missing. Try adding a little bit of ethyl maltol (for example, TPA sell it under the name 'Cotton Candy'). A few drops of ethyl maltol can save an unsuccessful mix. Or not.

If the taste turned out good — congratulations, your first vaping liquid is ready. You can even write us the recipe. We will gladly mix it up and give it a go.
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