Speed steeping e juice when time isn’t on your side.
Code level midnight: you’re almost out of juice – this is NOT a drill. You furiously rush to your favorite e juice vendor’s website and throw money at the screen. You press F5 on the shipping tracking screen over and over for days, even after the button breaks. Finally, it’s D-Day (delivery day), so you camp in front of the window and peak through the slats of your blinds until you see the delivery dude’s familiar worn out sneakers. Wearing only a dirty bathrobe and your favorite boxer shorts, you bust outside screaming with delight as you pry the package from the freaked out delivery guy’s hands. You tear into the e juice package with your teeth, like a hungry lion devouring its prey. After all this time, your e juice is in your shaking hands, glimmering like the holy grail. But then you remember, e juice tastes better with age – NOOOOOO!!
Time is the best cure, but…
Ain’t nobody got time for that! Sure, everyone knows that time is the best method for steeping juices. There’s plenty of responsible people out there who time their e-juice orders, so they receive new shipments BEFORE they’re even remotely close to running out of juice, but I’m not one of those people (and if you’re reading this, chances are that you aren’t either). Sometimes you’re limited by the timing of your paychecks, or hell, you just have no self-control and you vaped through your supply way ahead of schedule (cough..cough, that’s not me at all, cough…cough).
I know, I know, it’s better to say cured, or aged. Call it whatever you want, but what’s important is taste. The ingredients in your e juice need to break down, mingle, and mix with each-other. If you wait for this process to happen naturally, it can take days, weeks, or even months. Unless you have access to a T.A.R.D.I.S., you’ll have to help speed up the aging process or your e juice – without the use of time. The good news is, there’s a variety of methods for speed steeping e juice.
Before we get started…
Make sure you choose a steeping method that works for your e juice container. If your juice is in a glass bottle, pick any method you want. Most of these methods use heat, so if your juice came in a plastic bottle, be careful that you don’t melt the plastic. The last thing you want is to ruin your e juice by contaminating it with melted plastic – yuck! I always keep a couple of extra empty glass bottles on hand, just in case I run into this issue. Sure my vaper’s tackle box looks like an episode of hoarder’s threw up – but I always have a glass bottle if I need it. However, some of these methods are relatively safe for plastic, just use common sense.
Also, remember that taste is subjective, so I wont tell you how long you should do each method. This isn’t an exact science, we’re just shootin’ from the hip here, so taste your juices in regular intervals and stop whenever it tastes just the way you like it. However, as a general rule of thumb, speed steeping can take anywhere from a couple of hours or even a day (or two), but the hotter the steeping method, the less time you’ll probably have to wait.
Alright, enough chit-chat, let’s get started because time is precious and can’t be wasted!
Hot Rice Method
You’ll need: a microwaveable bowl, enough dry rice grains to fill the bowl, and access to a microwave.
1. Put enough rice in the bowl so that it’ll cover your e juice bottles (but don’t put your e juice in there yet).
2. Warm up the rice in the microwave. The rice should be hot, but not skin melting hot.
3. Bury the e juice bottles in the rice. Once the rice cools down, remove the bottles and repeat the process until your juice tastes yummy.
Hot Tap Water Method
You’ll need: a water proof plastic bag (or two if you’re paranoid) and a cup/bowl.
1. Turn on the hot water tap and wait for it to get hot. If your hot water isn’t regulated, don’t let it get to skin melting temperature (unless you have a glass bottle, then you can do whatever you want).
2. Put your e juice in the waterproof plastic baggie. I’m paranoid so I double bag them. Ziplock bags are okay, but I’ve found better success using the doggy doo-doo pick up bags because I can tie them off – just make sure you use a fresh bag sans the doo-doo.
3. Put the plastic bag of e juice in the cup/bowl of hot water, and let it sit until the water cools down.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 until you’re happy with the results.
Crock Pot Method
You’ll need: a crock pot and a plastic bag.
Optional materials: a bowl.
1. Fill up your crock pot with water.
Optional: Fill a bowl with water and put the bowl in the crock pot.
2. Put your juice in a plastic bag – double bag if you’re feeling frisky.
3. Place the juice in the crock pot (or in the bowl in the crock pot – crock-ception).
4. Turn your crock pot on the LOWEST setting, it’s most likely labeled warm.
5. Check on your e juices every few hours and keep them in the crock pot until they’ve reached optimal deliciousness.
Space Heater Method
You’ll need: a space heater with a low setting, a bowl/cup/jar large enough for your e juice containers, and a plastic bag or two.
1. Put your e juice in the plastic bag (or two, you get the drill by now).
2. Fill up your cup/jar/bowl with hot tap water. Personally, I prefer to use a large mason jar with a lid, since I have a crazy dog and clumsy husband who clonk around the house, to prevent spillage from happening – but it’s up to you.
3. Turn the heater on it’s lowest heat setting. If it has a thermostat, make sure that the heater won’t turn off on it’s own.
4. Set the juice 8-12 inches away from the heater.
5. Check on your juice every few hours until it tastes exactly how you like it.
Hot Car Method
You’ll need: a car, a glove box, and hot weather.
1. Check to see if it’s going to be a hot day.
2. Put your e juice in the glove box and wait for a few hours.
4. Profit – remove the juice once it tastes fantabulous.
Taking your top off is optional.
There’s a school of thought that removing the lid off your e juice helps with the taste if you feel like the juice tastes too strong or “perfumey.” If this is the case for you, whatever you do, do not remove the lid until AFTER you’re done with the steps I’ve outlined above, or you’ll have a huge freaking mess on your hands. Just keep the juice in a dark place, and let it go topless while it’s cooling down.
What’s your method for speed steeping e juice?
Do you use any of the methods I outlined, or do you have you’re own unique way of speed steeping e juice? Do you bundle your e juice up in multiple layers of socks and throw it in the dryer, or do you throw your juice in the dishwasher (seriously, if you’ve done this, we’re dying to know if this works)? We’d love for you to comment below the article and share your personal speed steeping methods with the world! If you share your amazing speed steeping method, I might even include it in the article and give you the credit! So speak up, and help your fellow vapers quickly reach taste nirvana.