This section of the forum doesn’t get used enough! So, here we go…
For those who like to DIY their own flavorings from tobacco, coffee, tea or what have you, jump in and tell us what you’ve extracted and from what!
I’ll start the ball rolling @JoJo and, after you finish your homework, you can tell us how your NET experiment came to fruition.
I decided, since I love rooibos tea (all tea really) and it was available on my kitchen shelf, to give NET a try. I chose Celestial Seasonings Moroccan Pomegranate Rooibos tea. I added roughly 5g of loose tea to 20ml of VG; the goal being, to end up with 15ml of flavoring. Using a small mason jar w/lid as the steeping receptacle, this mixture was heat steeped for a total of 1 hour in a warm rice bath; stirred every 15 minutes. The mason jar was then placed among my other eliquids, steeping in a dark closet. After two weeks of this steep process ( just letting it sit, with no stirring or shaking ), it was time to bottle my creation.
Somehow I deleted a couple of pictures showing the beginning of this process, but oh well! Below are a few shots of the straining and bottling process for my DIY juice flavoring.
This is the tea and VG prior to being move to the mason jar; you can see all the tea bits in the bottom of the glass bowl.
I used tea bags for the straining process. A small colander was used as the base for straining.
The NET was then poured into the colander w/tea bag strainer. It does help the process is the NET is warm beginning the straining process.
A small amount of force was used to help the NET through the strainer. Using gloves is suggested, or you’ll wind up with tea colored fingers! Below, was actually a fourth go at the straining process, but this time, the NET went into the bottle. Again, the strainer used was a tea bag.
Finally, two weeks later, I have my NET in a 15ml glass bottle. As I had planned ahead, the straining process claimed about 5ml of the original 20ml of NET.
I placed a small drop of the NET on the paper towel to illustrate the color of the final product.
Now that I have my NET…it’s off to the lab for testing! Stay tuned!