Hey everyone! I've been off on a fruit binge lately, and been enjoying the freedom of waking up each morning without the slight psychosis of thinking I need to clone Django. It's been fun. I recommend it!
In terms of progress, I spent a good few months working on NETs, and created some of the most disgusting, unvapeable disasters in the history of vaping. I created four different NETs, using three types of tobacco.
- Kentucky rolling tobacco from my local tobacconist, which I processed using the PGA method
This was reminiscent of Hangsen Flue Cured. It's the closest I came to producing something even remotely vapeable, but it was still outrageously disgusting. I do not recommend it.
- Kentucky rolling tobacco soaked in cold PG for 2 months. This was not very nice.
- Burley rolling tobacco soaked in cold PG for 2 months. This was not very nice either.
- Virginia Flue Cured Whole Leaf soaked in cold PG for 2 months. This was an abomination. Literally the most disgusting thing I've ever tasted. My friend and I had to immediately re-wick, dry burn, and clean our RDAs after testing this stuff. Just the memory of the taste makes my face hurt.
So I'd call that a failure. Though one thing I think I established beyond doubt, is that this is not anything like the process being used by the NET supplier for 13th Floor. My suspicion is that they were being accurate when they used the word "distilled" to describe the NET manufacturing process. As this would likely imply some form of steam distillation, which is apparently possible, but very difficult, and requires expensive equipment to implement.
The other thing I think I safely established is that they are not using a single leaf varietal as the basis for their NET. This is made plain by my abysmal experience of extracting from Whole Leaf Virginia Flue Cured tobacco. My suspicion in this case is that if they ARE using a single leaf varietal, they're using a combination, and then blending them after extraction.
I recently began revisiting the various recipes I'd created, but this time using some of Flavorah's synthetic tobacco concentrates in place of any NET. This has produced much more amenable results. I used a combination of FLV Cured Tobacco and FLV Burley in my latest recipe, and though it was not really anything like Django, it was nonetheless delicious.
My next recipe will involve a simplified approach to the ingredients. I'm gonna be using FLV Kentucky Blend, when it arrives in the post in a few days time.
A note on the base: after a long time spent single flavour testing the various creams, vanillas, butterscotch and caramel options out there, I've decided to switch over to a proper remix route, rather than attempting to accurately replicate the set of concentrates that 13th Floor are using.
I'm instead going for what I personally think are the most delicious components, which result in the most delicious recipe. (What's the point otherwise?!) And to top it off, I'm always aiming to reduce steep times, and make something that's vapeable in the shortest window possible.
Here's my latest iteration:
Dwango (Django remix)
|Dulce de Leche (JF)
|Kentucky Blend (Flavorah)
|Vanilla Custard v1 (CAP)
Flavor total: 5.25%
I'll update with results!