Reasons for steeping your liquid

and what will change if you don't do it

Reasons for steeping your liquid

and what will change if you don't do it
Strictly speaking, steeping is not quite the right term. It would've made sense if we took tobacco leaves, soaked them in propylene glycol and left them in a cellar to infuse for 6 months. That's also something you can do, but in this article we'll be talking about something else. Namely, about how time affects the final liquid taste and what happens if you don't steep it.

What it means

What we call steeping actually has a proper scientific name — homogenization, a process in which the different components of a complex substance (for example, a liquid) become uniform. So if your pack of fruit juice says "homogenized" on it, don't be frightened. It just means that you don't need to shake well before opening.

How does this apply to our case? It's very simple. When you mix the base with the flavors, you do it manually — and that is not enough. Flavors need time to not only mix with the base, but also with each other, as well as with nicotine. And not just mix, but become one. The more neatly all the liquid components intertwine, the more smooth and pleasant the taste.

How much time is required

The time required can differ. It depends on the number of flavors, as well as on their type. Concentrated flavors open up much faster. A multicomponent mix takes more time. It is believed that any flavor, even the most complex, fully releals itself in three weeks.

But of course this doesn't mean you can't try your liquid before it's been fully steeped. You can and you should. The taste changes noticeably in the first 2−4 days, and it's quite an interesting process to observe.
The more people in the world, the more difficult it is for them all to get along with each other. The same is true here: the more complex the taste, the more time it needs to emerge into something balanced. At the same time no one guarantees that some devious flavor won't demolish the composition to the ground.
Poorly infused liquid doesn't pose any health risks. The only exception is if you added your nicotine separately and mixed it in poorly. In such a case, nicotine can find its way to the top, get on the coil and give you a hit on the throat. There is no particular danger to this, it's just unpleasant.

Can you speed up the process?

Oh, urban wisdom knows many ways. Some use the microwave, others use their space heater — the options are infinite. And none of them work. Manually mixing your liquid many times in a row is also a no-no. This way it gets actively exposed to air, which oxidizes the nicotine and, let's say, shortens the shelf life of your liquid.

Of course, there are some tricks. For example, we once made DROPS, a line of flavors which were already mixed into a ready - made taste. They didn't have to be steeped for two weeks because we pre - steeped them. But even then, the taste of a liquid would slightly change and open up with time.

In general, we can say that steeping your liquid is definitely worth it. It makes the taste more smooth and even, and the flavor nuances add up into a single picture. But if you just mixed up your liquid and can't wait to try it — don't deny yourself the pleasure.
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