I’ve reproduced 2 recipes found on the “What can i make” section based on the flavors i had logged in there. I adapted the recipe to make 50ML of each recipe with my nic %. For some reason, both recipes seems to be harsh when vaped. They are both Max VG (some PG from flavors).
Also, it seems like there is barely any flavor to the liquid when vaped. It smells and taste amazing just like that with a drop on the finger but when vaped, i can barely tell what’s in there.
Any tips to make the recipe better and less harsh would be really appreciated.
One of the recipes are “Private” but looking at the other, your (imho) not using much percentage wise for the ingredients, if looking at the ingredient list for those items are in the least bit accurate.
Should i add more of the flavors? As i said i am really new to this, i’ve looked at multiple recipes, they all seemed quite low % and ml’s of the flavors, thought this was enough and well adapted for my 50ML but i could give a try to adding more flavor on my next try if that would help.
In the first recipe I see Cinnamon Danish Swirl. A nice pastry type cinnamon but it does need some steep time to calm the harness of the cinnamon and let the pastry come in. Cinnamon in general can be harsh on the throat.
And hopefully some of us can help you in your DIY journey.
You using free Base nic or nic salts? Reason I ask is that nic salts are good at sub 40w and you are vaping at 100w. Also, how does your nic look and smell?
I see you have Watermelon candy in your stash. Try it around 4 to 5% with 3mg nic added and let it steep for 2 days and try it. Fruits tend to take less steep time. Test it and see if it is also harsh.
For the flavors you’re using, I would have to agree with Tut. Even if you let it steep a long time, at these % you’re not going to get a bold flavor.
You should make a few small testers (10-20ml) and play around with the % a bit. Just for comparison’s sake, I’d make 3 testers, one exactly like this, one with double the % and one even triple the %. Have them all steep for 3-4 weeks and compare them next to each other.
The custard can easily be used up to 10% (but expect a steep time of 6-8 weeks for that at least).
Harshness is something common for a lot of flavors and often due to the alcohol or other ingredients that are used as a suspension. Most of it will steep off. If you keep having harshness with different flavors after a 2 week steep time, I’d try a plain VG/nic mixture to see if perhaps your nic is the source. Light yellowish hue in nic isn’t necessarily a problem, but it could be an indication. Nic also shouldn’t have a bad or fishy smell.
Def not nic salts. I’ve examined the nicotine again after work and its def light yellow. Very light but still. Does not smell strong but a little bit of an “hash tray” smell kind of. Says it was mixed Nov 2018. I hope its good and not what is causing the issue here.
I’ve mixed some more flavors tonight and the watermelon flavor test. I’ll give it a try in 2-3 days and see from there. Thanks everyone for the feedback, i did not expect so much help!
Well im all out of time tonight, baby is sleeping and headed to bed myself but tomorrow after work i’ll mix some nic with VG and test it. Thanks for the advice. I also emailed the store where i purchased it and will see what they have to say about that.