Sometimes, you just want to pull out a product that works. Sometimes, you really want to make your own product. A lot of the time, however, you want to be able to take something which is almost ready-made and customize it to suit your own needs.
The basics of e liquid flavour concentrates
E liquid concentrates are exactly what they sound like. They are basically the same idea as concentrated drinks, except you mix them with Propylene Glycol and/or Vegetable Glycerin and possibly nicotine as well instead of with water.
As with concentrated drinks, you really want to avoid using the concentrate on its own. It’s unlikely to do you personally any harm, but it will almost certainly taste utterly disgusting.
Unlike concentrated drinks, however, e liquid concentrate could damage your vaporizer and it would be highly unlikely that the manufacturer would repair or replace it under warranty.
Use your e liquid flavour concentrate as it was intended, however, and you can save yourself a bit of money as compared to buying the same quantity of ready-made e liquid.
Creating your own recipe for e liquid concentrates
Mixing your own e-liquid is all about getting the proportions right. If maths was never your strong point, then you can use an online calculator to do the actual sums. The calculation, however, will only be as accurate as the data you put in. This means that it helps a lot to have a basic understanding of the different parts of an e liquid and what they do.
Propylene Glycol is thin and tasteless; this means that it’s great for preserving your choice of flavour.
Vegetable Glycerin is thick and sweet, this means that it will make itself felt on your choice of flavour, but the payback is that it will produce great vapour clouds.
Nicotine is what you put in if you’re using vaping as an alternative to smoking tobacco products (as opposed to using it for the fun of making vape clouds). If that’s the case, you want to make your final nicotine concentration as low as possible and be prepared to reduce it, which will involve changing your recipe, although probably only slightly.
The e liquid flavour concentrate is what adds taste. How much you will need to use will depend partly on your preference, partly on the flavouring and partly on your PG/VG balance.
The practicalities of using e liquid flavour concentrates
You basically want to approach mixing your e liquid in much the same way as you would approach preparing a recipe. When you’re just starting out, you might want to consider taking a print-out of your e liquid recipe and putting it in a plastic wallet, so you can refer to it easily without having to free up a hand to tap your phone screen.
Also, get all your equipment together before you start. That means syringes with flat-tipped, large-gauge needles, accurate scales and with dripper spouts and child-proof caps.
After that, just follow each step as the recipe says, measuring carefully as you go. Ideally, you want to work in a well-lit area and give yourself plenty of time to get everything right.