I would ask anyone who is a shake and vape fan to read the advice above.
PLEASE LET YOUR E-LIQUIDS OXIDIZE/BLOOM LIKE THEY ARE DESIGNED TO DO.
@Cornflakez asked the right question. Many people are only exposed to DIY from watching you-tube mixers who constantly refer to things as being a great SnV. When that is all a person knows, they really haven’t exposed themselves to the full potential of mixing. I’m glad you spent that time at the vape shop. The ones near me, aren’t as well versed. Imagine how long it took for a branded bottle to make it from the plant it was bottled in to the distributor, and then your vape shop where it sat on a shelf for IDK. Likely its already 2-3 months old if not close to a year. I think 2 years is the consensus on shelf life.
I agree with formulating a rotation for your mixing so they bloom at various intervals & you always have something new coming of age- which helps keep your palette excited. A well planned garden’s colors change between April & October. At the market, you buy a mix of ripe bananas along with green ones for later in the week. This is no different.
Here is my outline for others to adapt adjusting the quantities that are most practical for your vaping needs & timing recipes to your liking. In general, I find 45 days to be my sweet spot, some are good at 3 weeks, others best after 8.
First- mix a shake and vape to enjoy while you plan and prepare for the rest.
Recipe 1- steep until May 7 : a simple fruit vape like mixed strawberries & pineapple
Recipe 2- steep until May 21 : maybe a caramel ice cream
Recipe 3- steep until June 11 : time to break out the custards, cheesecakes & such
Recipe 4- stone to steep thru JULY 2 - make that cream base you found
MAKE ANOTHER SHAKE AND VAPE- I KNOW YOU WANT ONE
Recipe 4- steep until May 14… try a different fruit medley
Recipe 5- steep until May 28… how about a nutty apricot boysenberry vanilla cream
Recipe 6- steep until June 18… try Banana Bondage or another concentrate. These might seem okay at 3 or 4 weeks, but after 45 days they shine.
SnV #3- nothing wrong with them, but you might find you start to make them less & less.
Recipe 7- steep until May 21 > Hey recipe 2 is ready. Skip the SnV, but what to make?
Recipe 8- steep until June 11 >> WOW, recipe 3 is ready, more bounty to unearth. Options.
Recipe 9- steep until June 25 >>> Perfect timing, Gay Pride ended the day before & you have a special reward for surviving the March or hold off and save it for July 4th just to see the difference 9 more days might offer.
REMEMBER TO ADD THE DATE YOU MADE YOUR MIX TO THE LABEL & IF YOU CAN WHEN TO START ENJOYING IT.
This should allow you to explore your creativity on journey well & we are waiting to see what you choose to make a public recipe with everything you want to tell us about the creative process that got you there.
DON’T LET THIS OUTLINE STOP YOU FROM MIXING WHENEVER THE MUSE STRIKES. It’s only one person’s thought process for keeping 200 flavors from collecting dust.
Remember you are now a mixologist. Don’t toss something away if it tastes awful the first time you try it… just put it in the cabinet & let it sit for a month. Give it a second look, without prejudice to your first experience (positive thinking, positive thinking, hope for the best, you just might find it).
You likely have enough flavors by now to make 12-16 recipes each month that should keep your colis happy, your tastebuds satiated, & your ashtray empty. If it is a nice pretty glass one, I suggest giving it a good cleaning and use it as the dish you place a bottles dropper in when you need to put it down. Good reinforcement (reminder of how far you’ve come) & makes for an easier clean -up.