I’ve been vaping for about 8 months following a 33 year/30+ cigs a day habit and I’m delighted to be tobacco free. The problem I face is that all juices taste very mild to me. To illustrate what I mean, imagine eating a stick of Juicy Fruit gum. The first taste is intense flavour which makes your mouth water. Over time it reduces but remains strong. Nearer the end it’s lost most of it’s strength but you still can identify that it is (was?) juicy fruit. At the end it’s just flavourless chewing gum. To me, most juices taste like the third stage. To my wife (who has never smoked and doesn’t vape), the same juices taste like the second stage so clearly the problem is me.
I’d like to try my hand at DIY to see if I can get something strong enough to suit my taste buds. Like with learning any new skill, I’d like to keep things simple to begin with and I’m hoping you can help clear a few doubts.
Mixing only by weight
If a recipe calls for 5% of flavour A and 5% of flavour B, I thought I could begin by mixing equal parts of the 2 flavours, say 5 gms each giving me 10 gms of flavour pre-mix. Then keeping to the original recipe, I add 1 gm of my flavour mix to 9 gms of pre-mixed VG/PG/nic (which I happen to already own) so I end up with 10 gms of juice out of which flavour is 10%. I then increase the flavour pre-mix to 1.5 gms and add 8.5 gms of base, giving me 15% strength. Then 2 + 8 for 10% and 2.5 + 7.5 for 25%. This way 1 have 4 x 10 gm bottles of this recipe at different percentages. Is this an okay way to strengthen the juice? I know I will end up with odd ml amounts and this may not be true to how the original recipe was meant, but as long as I am consistent I should be able to find my sweet spot somewhere in there right?
Single flavour testing
From what I have read here, it seems SFT is a vital first step. Can I use the same principle above but make small quantities? For example, if I want to SFT a Watermelon, can I add 0.1 gms of flavour to 0.9 gms of base (10%), 0.15 to .85 (15%) and 0.2 to 0.8 (20%) and have 3 x 1 gm samples of different strengths? Is it correct that with such small quantities I could test the results with only 1 or 2 days steeping?
I live in India and I have access to around 250 TFA flavours but much fewer (1-20) flavours of other brands so my first steps are going to revolve around TFA. Can you recommend any of their better flavours, or steer me away from some of their avoidable ones?
I build my own coils (Kanthal 28ga) around 1.4 ohms and vape MTL at 12 watts. My gear includes Siren 1, Siren 2, Berserker and DoggyStyle. Other than 200 ml of pre-mixed 70VG/30PG/18mg base, I do not own any DIY stuff yet. I don’t care about hitting any exact ml or nic strength figures at this stage and any ratio of 70/30/18mg or less is fine. My current ADV is a menthol tobacco at 60/40/12mg as it’s the only one I have found that has a strong enough taste for me to enjoy. I like fruit/mint and sweet/tangy flavours.
I read on the forum that there is no such thing as a stupid question but please forgive my ignorance anyway. For me there is no such thing as too obvious advice and I would appreciate anything that can help.
Thanks in advance,