Hey thanks for watching this is New Amsterdam Vape and in this tutorial I will show you how your own liquid for electronic cigarettes this is a very simple process that allows you to have complete control over your liquid.
You can customize it to your own taste and control how much nicotine throat hit and vapor production you get out of your liquid. I’m gonna demonstrate how to make one of my favorite all day vape flavors, strawberry banana.
There are many ingredients are used to make my liquid which were all primarily found online, in the description below I will provide links to the exact ingredients I used for this flavor Vegetable glycerin is an organic liquid that is the vapor base in e-liquids.
It is very thick produces all the clouds and vapor in your liquid it’s naturally sweet on its own and has through and can be used as a flavorless liquid Propylene glycol is used as the base in most flavors it’s a very thin liquid that produces very little vapor but gives the liquid a strong throat hit and is the carrier for the flavor the nicotine that I’m using today was purchased a local vapor store sold as a flavorless liquid with a very high nicotine strength this has been working well in my recipes but you can also purchase other nicotine bases that are much stronger and available in 100 percent PG or 100 percent VG bases.
The strength of the nicotine I’m using today is twenty four milligrams per milliliter which means for every milliliter of liquid there are 24 milligrams of nicotine. The flavors I’m using are from the flavor apprentice which is one of my favorite flavor vendors.
They are a PG base and contain other ingredients such as ethyl alcohol and water try to avoid any oil based flavorings or flavorings with diacetyl which can cause breathing and asthma-like problems the link to their online store will be in the description below I like to use graduated cylinders for mixing but you can also use a blunt needle syringe for accurate measurements I use the ten milliliter for small batches and the fifty milliliter for larger batches disposable pipettes are handy for transferring the liquids they hold roughly three milliliters of liquid and have notches on the neck that measure in quarter milliliter increments for accurate measuring funnels of various sizes are necessary for getting a liquid into the bottles I prefer glass bottles with dropper caps for all of my liquids the come in an amber or blue tint which helps keep out the light so the liquid is not damaged nicotine is not degraded.
The glass is easily recyclable and better than plastic bottles which tend to absorb flavors When making your liquid there’s a bit of math involved but luckily there are calculators online that make the process much easier and streamlined.
I like to use the steam engine e-liquid calculator which I’ll provide a link in the description below first you enter the batch size that you want to produce which today will be 15 milliliters. Next you enter the nicotine strength and what ratio a VG to PG the nicotine base is.
the nicotine I’m using today is twenty four milligrams per milliliter and the ratio 75 percent VG to 25 percent PG. Then you take what target nicotine strength you’re aiming for I like to keep my strength pretty low at about 3 milligrams per milliliter it’s good to know what strength you prefer beforehand but try to start low before using higher nicotine levels otherwise you get bad headaches and feel sick.
After you enter everything into the calculator it will give you a breakdown of how much nicotine VG and PG to use to make your flavor but it doesn’t factor in your flavors this is an important bit that is up to your own discretion.
Flavor recipes are expressed as percentages which means the flavor will be a certain percentage of the overall size the batch that you’re making. For example today I’ll be making a strawberry banana flavor so the recipe for the flavors I’m using will be 10 percent strawberry and 3 percent banana.
Percentages are important for scaling a recipe to different batch sizes so the flavor strength is the same if you find a flavors good at ten percent then when making a ten milliliter bottle you put one milliliter of the flavor liquid a 15 milliliter bottle will require 1.
5 milliliters of the flavor liquid and a thirty milliliter bottle will require three milliliters up the flavor liquid A good rule of thumb when trying to make new flavors is the five percent rule whenever you use a new flavor test it in a small batch at 5 percent with no nicotine so you get the full effect to the flavor this is a good jumping-off point so you know if you want it to be stronger or lighter Here’s a breakdown of the recipe I’ll be mixing today expressed in percentages and the exact milliliter amount.
that I like this I found that I like this ratio of strawberry to banana flavor since the banana flavor is stronger and can overwhelm the strawberry. Now if you remember the numbers that the calculator gave are a bit different than the recipe that I’m showing.
First I rounded off the numbers that the calculator gave since I won’t be able to measure exactly to one-hundredth of a milliliter the flavors I’m using are a PG base, so they’ll be counted as part of the PG portion of the recipe.
since the flavors makeup two milliliters of the juice this is subtracted from the PG portion. The nicotine I’m using is a mixture both VG and PG. Here I’ve broken down the PG and VG content of the liquid I’m making you can see that it’s an even ratio 50 percent PG to 50 percent VG which is the target ratio that I’m going for fifty percent VG fifty percent PG is a good basic ratio for most vapers.
it’s good for tanks and clearomizers since it’s fairly thin, has moderate cloud production and throat hit. This is a good middle ground for most vapers. I prefer to make my liquids at ninety percent VG to ten percent PG this is a good mix for rebuildable atomizers which produces a lot of vapor and has very little throat hit.
As you make your own flavors you’ll find your own preferred ratio of VG to PG depending on how much throat hit and cloud production that you like. It’s good to experiment with these ratios Remember more PG the more throat hit and less vapor more VG less throat hit but more vapor production.
To begin the mixing process I’ll be starting with the flavor liquid using the pipette extract one point five milliliters of the strawberry flavor. when measuring with the graduated cylinder it’s important to look at it at eye level so you can see the meniscus.
If you remember chemistry class the meniscus is the curvature to the liquid in the container. It curves upwards around the edges so measurements must be made from the bottom up the meniscus since the cylinder only measures and fifths of a milliliter I’m going to eyeball 1.
5 milliliter mark. Using a new disposable pipette extract half a milliliter of the banana flavor Add the half milliliter of banana flavor to the cylinder making sure to get the bottom of the meniscus to the two milliliter mark.
Now it’s time to add the PG, VG and nicotine to the batch I use small dropper bottles for the VG and PG which make it easier to add precisely. I’ll start with the nicotine Add two milliliters of nicotine to the mix you can see the liquid separate as you add the nicotine measure the liquid to the four milliliter mark at the meniscus Next add the VG.
I’m adding six milliliters of VG to the mix to bring us to the ten milliliters exactly you can see how dense the VG liquid is as it sinks to the bottom of the cylinder now that we’re at the 10 milliliter mark were ready to dump this into the bottle.
Using the funnel I’ll pour this portion of the mix into the bottle. Make sure to hold the cylinder for a little while so you get every drop. Finally it’s time to add PG. you can see right away that the PG is very thin and flows almost like water I’ll measure this up to five milliliters and then added to the bottle.
Pour the PG into the bottle which will bring the mix to the neck. Hold the cylinder for a while to allow the liquid to drop. Now you’re finished mixing and your liquid is all set but it’s not ready to be vaped just yet.
As you saw during the mixing the liquids are at different densities and need to be blended together. You can put on the cap and shake the bottle around to blend the liquid but I find this to be pretty tiresome and have an alternative method for blending the liquids I like to use my drill with a clamp to hold the bottle and give it a high speed spin.
I find this works very well and it’s also pretty fun it’s good to do this periodically to the liquid, I do it about once a day when I make my e-liquids Steeping is the most important process in a making your liquids and there’s many different methods.
Warm water baths are one method many people use to steep their liquids. This is a candle warmer which warm the water but does not boil it. This will make a warm bath for the bottle to sit, allowing the ingredients in your flavor to blend together You can also do it without the cap on allowing the flavor to breathe.
Breathing is important because certain flavors like the banana has ethyl alcohol so it’s important to allow that to about evaporate out before vaping. It may take several days for the all the ethyl alcohol to evaporate out so make sure you give it time.
it’s also important to know warm baths and breathing liquid oxidizes nicotine content. This causes liquid to turn a darker color and the strength of the nicotine diminishes. The best method for steeping your liquid is to give it time.
Keep it in a dark area where it won’t be exposed to direct sunlight and allow it to sit for at least a week. You’ll find the more time you give your flavors the better the come out. Now that you’re familiar with the process go out an experiment! Try out different flavors and see what works best for you I’ve been making my own flavors for a while and it’s been a very rewarding process that’s also saved me quite a bit of money.
It’s good practice to keep track of the recipes you are making. I use a spreadsheet to help keep track of everything I put into a recipe. So if a flavor comes up particularly well I can make it again and if I didn’t like it I have something to go off of so I know what to change This is New Amsterdam Vape and we’ll be coming at you with more tutorials and videos if you found this tutorial helpful and informative please be sure to like comment and subscribe