The Idiot’s Guide to Mixing E-Liquid Part 4: The Mixing Process

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The Idiot’s Guide to Mixing E-Liquid – Table of Contents

You have been waiting for this for quite sometime, so strap in and prepare yourself to start mixing. Of course, make sure that you have your safety equipment worn. You will be using it to protect yourself and not to display on your home e-liquid laboratory.

We have discussed mixing methods (by weight or by volume) on a previous part of this tutorial, so we will be discussing how to do both.

Make sure that you get all your ingredients prepared to. Here are instructions for both methods on how to do it:

Mixing by Volume

  1. If you are using syringes, make sure that you use a separate syringe for each ingredient. This prevents your flavor concentrates from getting mixed with other flavors.
  2. If using a graduated cylinder, you can use this alone to mix everything together, as long as you pour each flavor and not use a syringe to transfer from your container to the graduated cylinder.
  3. Using your recipe, pour the desired amount of PG, flavor concentrates, and nicotine (optional) to your graduated cylinder.
  4. Add the VG into the mix. If you are transferring whatever you are pouring from a graduated cylinder to another container (say, a beaker), make sure that you pour everything up to the last drop. VG especially is a bit viscuous and you’d be surprised by how much is usually left when transferring from one container to the other.
  5. Shake, stir, or mix (depending on the tools that you have)

Mixing by Weight

  1. Put your container on your scale and wait for the scale’s measurement to stabilize. Once it is ok, reset it to 0.
  2. Calculate the amount of each ingredient by weight (you’ll find manufacturer specified gravity and other information on your ingredients’ respective MSDS)
  3. Start pouring the required amount of PG, Concentrates, and nicotine (optional) first. You don’t have to do transfer whatever you put into another container to get accurate measurements. Just add the supposed weight of each ingredient to ensure that you are putting the right amount of ingredients.
  4. Add the vegetable glycerin to the mix
  5. Shake, stir, or mix (depending on the tools that you have)

E Liquid Mixing Notes

  • Both methods are that simple, but mixing by weight is a lot more easier and more accurate especially for making large batches.
  • Using a mixer, stirrer, or shaker is better, but you can shake it with your hands if you have none available. Just make sure your container is sealed so nothing gets wasted.
  • PG and flavor concentrates are added first since VG is a bit more heavier and usually goes down to the bottom anyway. This method somehow eases the mixing process.
  • Steeping isn’t a must, but is recommended for getting the most flavor out of your e-liquid mix. We will be discussing that on a later part of this tutorial.
  • Make sure that you take note of every batch that you make, so you can reproduce any of your mixes that you like.
  • If you are planning to sell your e-liquid, it is much better to make large batches. There is no harm in going artisan and making them one by one though, but it would take you a lot more time.
  • We have discussed this before, but make sure to keep safety and hygiene on point at all times.

As an e-liquid maker myself, I have always been curious on how manufacturers make theirs, so I try to clone recipes based on their descriptions. If you will be selling commercially though, I would suggest that you make your own original brews for ethical reasons.

There you have it. You can start mixing your own e-liquid now, but we’re not done yet. On the last 2 parts of this comprehensive DIY E-Liquid mixing guide, we will be discussing how to steep e-liquid and how to make labels and packages (for e-liquid makers that are planning to sell their craft).

Rafael Deramas

Rafael Deramas is a digital marketer and a vaping advocate. He started vaping to reduce smoking back in 2011, and has fully quit cigarettes for 2 years and counting. He is also an e-liquid manufacturer and vape shop owner.

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