Hi, everybody! Nothing groundbreaking here, just a new realization as I approach the 6 month mark in my DIY experience.
I’ve had plenty of duds, more than a few really bad, a lot of good, and a couple of real winners. Getting more hits than misses now, thanks to all of you ELR folks and the amazing amount of knowledge and experiences you’ve shared.
My latest discovery is that even though I’ve had some major excitement at 1-3 weeks steep with some of the good ones, there is something that happens at 4 weeks that seems to take it to a higher level of quality. Homogeneity is key. I read recently a remark from @Pro_Vapes, I believe, that he steeps all of his mixes for 30 days, and it clicked! I’ve been super happy with some almost-finished e-liquids that, if I let them sit for just another week, would be stellar instead of really good.
I know this can’t be a hard-fast rule, everybody has their sweet spot, and it varies from bakery to fruit to custard, tobaccos, brands, etc. But, I’ve found that even the fruits that are great at 1-2 weeks jump up in quality Greatly with a whole month. Some people even steep for 2-4 months! Not there yet, but will have to try that out when I have a longer steeping method to play with.
Anyway, just sharing my new insight/understanding. Maybe someone new to mixing and trying to figure out how long to steep mixes will stumble upon this and take something from it. Thanks for all the advice and hard work, everyone! Happy mixing!