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Steeping. What is it? What does it mean?
Some of you may have, or may not have, heard of steeping your eliquid.
The definition of Steeping is: 'Soak (food or tea) in water or other liquid so as to extract its flavor or to soften it: "the chilies are steeped in olive oil.' So when discussing steeping your ejuice--it is all about extracting more flavor.
Zeus E-Juice eliquids are definitely very tasty right when you receive them. We use more flavoring than most of our competitors and we know you'll enjoy them right away. But store them in a cool dry place with the top off for a few days and you'll find that they will have matured some. If you've purchased a small bottle you may not give your ejuice time to steep as you find yourself enjoying our flavors so much it's gone in a couple days. But purchase a larger bottle and just by having it for a week or two you'll have steeped it without even knowing it. The flavors mature and the eliquid darkens.
Can you relate it to something? Of course you can.
Say you've just made a big pot of spaghetti sauce with fresh ingredients. Fresh Tomatos and Peppers, Fresh Garlic, etc.. Now I'm hungry! I digress. It's pretty good right away, but if you let it simmer on the stove for many hours, then let it sit in the fridge overnight, the next day you can definitely tell that the flavors have combined together to produce a much more flavorful sauce. This is exactly what happens to your eliquid.
Storage is important; to keep your e-liquid, (whether pre-mixed or home mixed) in the best condition it is advised to keep it at average room temp and out of direct sunlight. Some connoisseurs suggest basement/cellar temperatures, having discovered that tobacco flavors become darker, richer and more intense over time when stored underground.
A simple method of steeping that many of you probably do without even thinking is giving the bottle a good shake before you use it. Some prefer to swirl the liquid around the bottle, but whichever method you choose you are in effect making sure that the ingredients are evenly distributed in the e-liquid. The heavier particles fall to the bottom of the bottle when it is not in use. Swirling and shaking loosens up the heavier particles, and creates a more even and stronger flavor.
Here is a quick way to steep your eliquid a little bit. Boil some water and place it in a bowl, allowing it to cool for a few minutes. Too hot and it will actually soften your bottle and deform it. Place your bottle of e-liquid in it and leave it there until the surrounding water is room temp. Shake it vigorously and you've got a partially steeped bottle of ejuice.