Impatience while “steeping”. It’s what makes the creation of e liquids so dang challenging.
I decided to try microwaving my fresh recipes in the nuke because of what I heard about the waves causing a reaction or disturbance at the molecular level. Then, I saw a posting on Reddit about it and they seemed to think aging sped up. Mixed with some streathing/breathing/cap off overnight/shaking, I think it’s worth considering. I actually put in 4-ish 10-15mL bottles for 3 minutes at power level 1, let them set out or put them in the freezer, then do it again over several days. I had nothing to compare to, which is my next experiment, but the flavors were accurate and one of them matched my 2-week “steep” of a recipe.
Considering juice gets pretty damn hot in the tank with no negative results (and in my opinion, better taste), I think 140° could be considered on the cool side where 180° might not be too hot to kill it, if that’s even possible. Either way, I pull out the bottles and they’re really warm but not scalding. I heard that something in the 180 range you can hold for 3 seconds without uber-discomfort so they’re getting to 160 or so. Temperature aside, the molecular agitation caused by microwave oven, imho, is worth considering.
Gotta go zap my creations now…