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Confessions of a Noob and an Epic Fail


#21

That was priceless! Yet frightening as someone about to make their first order of DIY stuff this week.

So to recap, if you were to look back and type the #1 mistakes to look out for, what would those be?
#1 I suspect would be, read, read, read.

Anymore? :wink:


#22

My two: Label everything really well. :stuck_out_tongue: Start with measuring by weight.
There’s a great thread on the “Don’ts” of DIY.


#23

Absolutely. It sucks when you find a bottle of juice at your mixing station with no label and you’re not sure what it is.


#24

If I had to go back my advice to myself would be to definitely read Resources and Tips for Beginning DIY E-liquid

JoJo put together one helluva collection of useful threads there that after you read through it all, there is NO WAY you will fail. I was already mixing before I found this site. And that thread made me start over and do things right. So thank you @JoJo. I have a much better understanding of more things than I can mention because of your help.

Another thing I did wrong was to think I could do a little research and recreate some of my favorite recipes. I was wrong. But after reading that thread I could give it a more educated try.

I suggest you look at the flavors in the juices that fit your profile. Then come here and find recipes that fit your flavor profile. Pick out a few and order those flavors. Start out small. But my thing is I hate to pay shipping for small orders. So I am getting ready to order $300 worth of flavors from 3 different sites.

I know that sounds crazy. But to stay focused on starting small those flavors will be put in the closet until I am ready to move on to the next recipe. I haven’t mixed much in the past 2 weeks. Because I have a few batches steeping that I want to make sure are good. Once I have a feel for those flavors (Strawberry (FA), Vienna Cream (FA), and Cream Soda (FW)) I will move on to another recipe.

So I guess the main jist of my reply is to take your time. Go slow. Mix very small batches and give them time to steep before trying again. And I think learning about each and every flavor as you go should be your first priority.


#25

Aw, yay! Glad that post helped. It was a group effort. :smile:


#26

Check and recheck read the recipes over and over double triple check. Stay organized and create a comfortable way to catalogue I started using the create a recipe and leaving them private, but keep a small black book with single flavor % trials on one side with recipes on the other. To each their own
My first mistake was the syringe :syringe: I neglected to figure the extra 2-3 ml in the needle, so while nothing was ruined as they were only single flavors but had to go back and re catalogue everything
Happy mixing and good luck


#27

I was going to tell you the exact same 2 things as JoJo. :smile:


#28

Thank you for all the hints.
All the information here there and everywhere is a bit overwhelming so although I knew about the links to the beginners page, I had forgotten about it and now have it right on my browser bar and will read daily for a week or so, then make my first order…as that will take a bit of planning to do, being that i am not in the US but Canada, making it a bit harder, in the beginning. Than I shall re-read again.
Truly not looking forward to the beginning process but know its a process one must experience in order to learn.

Have just spent several months learning all I could about vaping, rebuilding, modifying when needed, only in the end to circle round and decide what i wanted was flavour only, and not the rest of it all.
Hoping to get that right with DIY.
Have spent time testing so many juice and know exactly what I like and hope not to make some disasters trying out genres of juice I already know I won’t like, no matter how great the recipe might appear.
Right now focusing on getting the “perfect” ingredients to make a base Vanilla/Custard recipe so I will read that beginners guide from top to bottom and back again. :smile:

I just want to reach a point where little time is invested in this hobby of vaping…lol…so far it’s taken up far too much time and am hoping that after I do master a vanilla custard and 1-2 more, that I can finally sit back, vape and enjoy without feeling as if I need to learn this or that in order to accomplish that correctly ::smile:

And then…and only then, enjoy puttering around while making a new flavour here and there but just enjoy my vape while doing other things…rather than fitting in those other things, while learning what i need to Vape successfully.

I have no doubt some know what i mean.

Thanks for all the tips and am off to start reading that page …Thank you all!!!


#29

For Vanilla Custard, you might want to try one of these two… both are great:
Third World Custard
[CustardStone] [2]

[2]: http://tjek.nu/r/12wP <— I make up 30ml of this Custardstone
and use it at 10-12% as a standalone flavor as well as mixing it with a coffee, a fruit, a nut, and/or caramel. Always keep this on hand.


#30

Thanks, will try that…i read your notes about mastering the stand alone flavour which makes perfect sense.
This weekend I will finish reading it all and make my first order…


#31

Bookmarked and d/l for safe keeping

But, I will do yours first due to the point u made about stand alone flavour backup u spoke of.
Thx


#32

Please let us know how it goes! :smile:


#33

I so hope it goes better than the OP of this thread did. U shall be the first to know :smile:

I have to sit down and actually figure out all I need and order it.
A bit overwhelming to order when I just want to order everything and end up ordering none at all.
This weekend i will finally get it done.
Once i do it once, then I will find it much easier to look at flavours and guess better as to whether I will use it or not in the future.
Last but not least, I don’t have any desire to try everything.
I already know that i only like 2 genre of flavours, Desserts/Custards and Berry vapes but most berry vapes I have tried, of retail versions, always have a medicinal aftertaste to me.
Hene, I will focus only on custards until i feel that’s been mastered. Much of your earlier comments, solidified that for me.

Thx


#34

I found I liked Unicorn Milk, so I ordered enough flavoring to make a truckload of that flavor. And gambit v2 looked good so I ordered a bunch of that flavoring next, along with a few flavors that looked pretty good. Now I went through and picked out flavors for a few different recipes and I only had to order about a dozen flavors. So as I go I am slowly building up my stash. Soon I will just be restocking instead of ordering as many new flavors.


#35

Wow that sucks bro i feel sorry for ya im sure that bottle of nicotine was not cheap.


#36

:joy: nope, not cheap at all.


#37

Curious, how much money in let’s say, American dollars would such a mistake have cost him, roughly?


#38

500ml 100mg nicotine runs about $60 USD including shipping.

But it’s not a complete loss, he just has to make a ton of strawberry accented juice!


#39

Here’s another nic related faux pas - i just picked up a 120ml bottle of nic by the cap after setting it down without screwing the cap down DUH!. The cap came off when I had the bottle an inch or so off the table. The bottle tipped over and I quickly grabbed it up off the table. Luckily for my “cats are jealous of me” reflexes not a drop was spilled. If it were PG based I would probably be in the hospital right now. Thank god for VG based nicotine! I feel pretty stupid right now. Damnit, that was dumb!


#40

I started putting my nic in this kind of container since I still syringe my nic. I blend by weight but syringe the nic still. Anyway, I fill these small containers which are wider and less tall so I have a more stable size for the actual blending process. Maybe this might help?