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Steeping
Sounding like a total newbie here but I haven't been able to find anything through the search function. Can someone please explain what steeping e liquid is and what exactly it's purpose is. Thanks in advance for all your knowledge, I'm learning new things about vaping every day.
01-06-2016 02:56 PM
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RE: Steeping
Steeping is the same meaning as with brewing tea. Once the juice is mixed, it is steeped by allowing it to sit for days, weeks, even months to develop its' full flavor potential. It can be opened and exposed to air once in a while, or just left alone. Most juices benefit from it, some are OK without it.
01-06-2016 03:02 PM
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RE: Steeping
Oddly enough, some juices suffer from steeping as well. One example of that was a toffee and coffee mix (surprisingly called Toffee Coffee). When it first arrived, it had light sweet toffee and dark rich coffee notes. Now it is like burnt used coffee grounds with no sweetness at all. 3 months steeped.
01-06-2016 03:04 PM
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RE: Steeping
I've noticed that too, steeping really depends on the flavor. Custards are always better after steeping, as are most bakery/dessert flavors. Fruit and tobacco flavors are usually better without steeping, from my experience. Of course there's outliers, but those are good general rules I follow. 
01-06-2016 03:52 PM
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So, how do you tell for sure which ones need it and which ones don't? Do you all go by taste and trial and error and then personal preference?
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That's about it, man. As Michael said, some flavors need it and others don't. And frankly, some that are good with steeping can also be good without, albeit they do have different flavor profiles. Another example, I make a cherry coke that is quite good and also quite different with and without steeping. Freshly made, it is more like a cherry tart, but when steeped it is a lot more like a beverage.
01-06-2016 07:15 PM
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I happen to love cherry cokes so when I finally do get into it, that is one flavor I definitely have to try. Also, like vanilla coke. Have you tried to do that one yet?
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RE: Steeping
I don't have vanilla, but I am intending to add a little sweet cream and sucralose to the FW cola and see what happens.
01-06-2016 07:59 PM
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RE: Steeping
It's really just trial and error. Some certain flavors are always good steeped. For example Vanilla custard, it always improves with a little time to mature. But some custard flavors are fine without steeping, while others are horrible without steeping. 
Most flavors you buy from a store will be absolutely fine to vape right away. Most of those have already been sitting on a shelf for at least a few days anyway, and are made to be vaped immediately. Some are better over time, but it's usually not necessary. The times when it's REALLY essential are when you mix your own flavors, sometimes there are ones that are just godawful without steeping but get much better over time. 
02-06-2016 12:13 AM
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RE: Steeping
Fruits usually don't need it, except citrussy profiles. Dairy usually improves after 1 week or so, but may decrease after 6 months old. Yep, coffee usually is better fesh.
02-06-2016 10:19 AM
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