My Liter of PDO is getting low and I don't plan to replace. I have no problems with PG lung-wise, and as I have stated before it's basically a way to cut the clouds as my wife doesn't vape... makes watching TV together much more sociable
When I started DIY the Marketing term "Max VG" was big so I thought I would adopt the Max VG strategy ...didn't work out for me as I was using Kanger subohm tanks. This topic has some hidden details I think shouldn't be missed, and have been within other fractured topics.
First @Maureeenie's process looks like it's already been part of a Commercially adopted strategy at Open Vapor minus the alcohol part. IIRC Penta Water was previously discussed and one of he factors was it's pH which was slightly alkaline (pH8?) There have been discussion on how alkalinity speeds the Maillard Reaction (steeping's scientific term) .
The alcohol part is interesting. Now we all buy flavoring from ReallFlavors that are alcohol-based, so again some Commercial adoption of the concept of using alcohol as a flavor carrier. These two commercial applications are proof enough for me to consider personal adoption/tests.
IIRC @Maureeenie's previous advice was using 100 proof vodka 50% alcohol. That would mean 2ml of 100 proof vodka was 1 ml of water and 1 ml alcohol in a recipe ...obvious but might factor in recipe calcs. I mean if I think adding 5% water is smart and adding 1% alcohol is smart should I then choose 4% water and 1-2% Vodka [rhetorical question]..don't answer]?
Buying Pena water? Also a previous topic searchable on ELR Forum. That topic being whether just adding distilled water (pH 7?) @ 5% per the OpenSource recipes mentioned above is as successful as adding the more alkaline Penta Water? ...this having zero to do with Maurene's claims or process, just considering the process analysis overall.
I don't want to get hung up on Penta water, but I am stuck on using some kind of slightly alkaline water because I think it might be important as a steeping performance boost. I think we saw some video that also said Fiji brand drinking water was also close to 8 pH ...but I would definitely be boiling that ...hmmm maybe even distilling it and pH testing. Remembering a 1L bottle of water for e-juice DIY would last 1+ years.
On PDO. I'm discontinuing because it affects my recipe sharing and flavor analysis (oh yeah and I'm running out). If I am experiencing muting with RealFlavors past the two week mark I cannot make any claims or personal evaluations as I have two wild cards in the mix. I might go back to VG/PG temporarily just to get grounded in that regard.
So.. I like this idea for a couple reasons. It makes some Chemistry sense in my opinion and shows some professional validation as being done commercially. We're DIYing it here folks and we have come up with some weird tricks in the past. We're on our own, and lucky to get internal commercial peeks into Juice-making such as OpenVapor's recipes.
I think this idea has some traction and it's top of my list to test. I currently add 1% DW to all my recipes along with about 20% PDO. I just have a hard time going to the Liquor Store and leaving with 1 airline mini of Vodka