Pre-made e-liquid can be expensive. What’s more, depending on your tank, coil and mod combo, you can go through it pretty quickly pushing up the cost even more. What if I told you that not only could you make your own e-liquid, but with a little experimenting and with the number of flavour recipes available online, you could be making even better flavours at a fraction of the cost? Well.
.. it’s true! E-liquid is made up of Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerine, which we’ll refer to from this point on as PG and VG. Flavouring, for the most part, comes suspended in PG and nicotine, if required can come in PG, VG or a mix of both.
Stick with me… The intended ratio of the PG and VG required in your liquid will dictate largely what mix of the nicotine shot you’ll need but we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves. The hardest thing about making your own e-liquid is the maths, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
We looked at the differences between VG and PG in a previous video. You’re gonna really want to watch that one first so if you haven’t ready seen it, check out the card above or the link below, have a quick watch of that and then come back me.
Go on, I’ll wait. So if you’re looking to make your own liquid, it’s a pretty safe bet that you’ve already vaped some form of e-liquid. You almost definitely started on a 50/50 mix of VG and PG and maybe you’ve gone a little towards to the VG side for a thicker liquid and more cloud as you’ve possibly upgraded your tank.
60/40? 70/30? Maybe even 80/20? If so, that’s fine. We’ll look at those ratios in future videos but getting the basics right is the most important step and that’s what we’re going to do here. So let’s get started with a 50/50 e-liquid to illustrate what we’re talking about.
Everything regarding e-liquid recipes starts off life as a percentage. Although our starter kits come with 30ml bottles as standard to make your liquid in, to make things easy numbers-wise, we’re going to make 100ml of e-liquid.
So to do this exact same recipe for 30ml you’d just divide everything by 3.3… …a third. 50/50 is equal parts VG and PG 50% of 100ml each. So that’s 50ml of each to make our base. However that’s without any flavour.
So we start with the VG/PG ratio we want and we subtract and substitute. For the flavouring we’re gonna go with Baker’s Dozen Lemon Tart. This is a premixed, ‘one-shot’ concentrate and it’s perfect for starting out.
Once you get more comfortable you can really start to experiment with flavours. The VG and PG are currently making up 50% each of the liquid and that’s how we want to keep it; 50/50. Think of the flavouring like juice coridial.
Some people like it strong some people prefer it weak. This particular flavouring however, works best at 20%. Some flavours are so concentrated that you’d only need as little as 2 percent, so that’s something worth bearing in mind.
However, this Baker’s Dozen’s sweet spot is 20% so that’s what we’re going to mix it at. As we’re doing 100ml, 20% is 20ml. Also, as we said earlier, most flavours are suspended in PG and Baker’s Dozen is no exception.
So, we’re adding 20ml of PG flavouring we’re gonna need to take away 20ml of PG base. It’s best to work this out with on a piece of paper first. So now, we’re looking at: Great! If you’re looking for a nicotine-free liquid, that’s your recipe.
Add it all to a bottle, shake it up and you’re ready to steep – more about that in a second. However, our additional final step is to add nicotine. We’re not going to go crazy with the maths for this introduction so for a 3mg nicotine strength let’s just accept that it’s 16.
7% of our finished e-liquid. So for a 100ml mix we’re gonna to need 16.7ml of nicotine. We will look into calculating the nicotine strength in future videos and possibly a dedicated video on that, but for ease, check out the link below for our nicotine mixing guide.
Also to keep things simple, we’re going to be using a nicotine shot that is 100% PG. To add the nicotine at the right ratio we need to take another 16.7ml away from the PG base, to make room. So, finally, the recipe for a 50/50 e-liquid of Baker’s Dozen Lemon tart with a nicotine strength of 3mg is: 50ml VG, 13.
3ml PG, 20ml Flavouring and 16.7ml Nicotine (at 100% PG) Now we have those numbers, to make 30ml of this, so pretty much a third, all you need to do is take those numbers and divide it by 3.3 That gives you.
..these: GCSE maths anyone? I mentioned earlier about steeping. Most fruit style flavours, such as Lemon, Peach, Strawberry, and Raspberry they tend to be ready to vape straight away and are commonly referred to as ‘Shake And Vape’.
However, the more cake and dessert style flavours like Victoria Sponge, Strawberry Trifle and the Lemon Tart we’re using here, they require a little bit of time for the flavour to develop in the liquid.
Steeping is simply; mixing your recipe and leaving the bottle in a warm place for a few days or even a week or two… …if you have the patience. Some flavours can ‘over-steep’ but in general, the longer you leave them, the fuller the flavour will be.
If you find yourself wearing jeans a lot, pocket-steeping is a good way to do it as the constant warmth from your leg is just enough. One thing to bear in mind is that even with ‘shake and vape’ recipes, if the nicotine hit doesn’t seem strong enough once you’ve mixed it, nicotine does sometimes benefit from a steeping period too.
I promise, once you get the hang of it, it’s simple. It’s just a case of getting your head around ratios. And even if it never becomes second nature to you, we’ve always got your back with recipes. Why not join our Facebook Group – ‘Vapable Vapers’ Group’? It’s a growing community of all levels of vapers and there are always recipes being handed around and advice being given for mixes.
Keep an eye out for more in-depth mixing videos and guides on our website, on this channel and in the group. As always, there are links below to everything discussed in here. Thanks for watching, good luck with your mixing and I’ll see you on the next one.