Quick Update on Wick Softening:
I re-wicked my dripper late Xmas eve and proceeded to taste flavors until now using my 46&2 drop method. I've ran through about 50ml this way, not including the liquid I used to get rid of the hemp taste.
At this point, and I didn't sleep Xmas eve, the fibers are starting to soften and become more manageable. My hunch is that one would need to soak for a good deal longer than 2 days in VG at room temperature. That said, when I do the experiment I am going to use 50/50 in the hopes that the PG will remove some of the flavor.
I really don't want to focus too much on the flavor though, as I really don't think it is that bad. Maybe if you are vaping unflavored juice it is a big deal, but if you are vaping ADV grade juice I think the flavor should be a non-issue for most. Still, I like solving problems.
A belated thank you to @SthrnMixer. I am trying to ad information where I can. You folks have upped my game a ton. I look back on how lame my juices were a year ago and just have to laugh. . .so thanks right back at you!