DIY eJuice is an excellent way to save money and create customized flavors that suit your personal tastes. However, one of the essential elements of a high-quality eJuice is its texture. A thick, gummy texture provides a more satisfying vaping experience as it coats your tongue and throat, enhancing the flavor and throat hit. Here are some tips on how to get a thick, gummy texture with your DIY eJuices.
Firstly, you need to understand the importance of the base of your eJuice. Vegetable glycerin (VG) is the most common base for DIY eJuice due to its thick and sweet nature. PG (propylene glycol) is another option but has thinner consistency and gives stronger throat hit. A combination of VG and PG is also commonly used, with a higher percentage of VG adding to the thickness and gummy texture. For a thick, gummy texture, aim for at least 70% VG in your eJuice base.
Secondly, flavors also play a significant role in achieving a thick, gummy texture. Some flavorings are thicker than others, so choose flavors that are thicker in texture to enhance the overall richness. Cream-based flavors such as vanilla custard, Bavarian cream, and whipped cream are good choices as they are thick and add a creamy, velvety texture to the vape. Fruits like banana and blueberry, especially when used in combination with cream-based flavors, also add thickness and a juicy mouthfeel. Using more than three flavors in your eJuice can also thicken it, but ensure that the extra flavors complement each other well, as too many flavors can overpower your tastes.
Another way to achieve a thick, gummy texture is by using sweeteners. Sweeteners like sucralose and ethyl maltol help to thicken the eJuice while also give it a sweeter taste. However, be careful not to overdo it with sweeteners as it can cause coil gunking and affect the overall flavor of the vape. A safe limit is between 1% and 3% of the total eJuice depending on the sweetness of the flavorings.
Mixing your eJuice also plays a crucial role in achieving a thick and gummy texture. Be sure to add your nicotine, flavors, and sweeteners to the VG base in the correct order. These flavors should be thoroughly mixed, ideally using a magnetic stirrer, to ensure they are evenly distributed. After mixing the ingredients, shake the bottle vigorously to help blend everything. Leave it to steep for a few days, allowing the flavors to meld together. During steeping, gummy textures may develop, so shake the bottle occasionally until you achieve your desired texture.
The type of equipment you use to make your eJuice can also impact its texture. Dripping atomizers tend to provide thicker vapor, so using them can provide a more satisfying vape experience with a thicker texture. Using a sub-ohm tank or a rebuildable atomizer taps into the full potential of your eJuice, producing thick, gummy clouds of vapor.
In addition, temperature and wattage play a significant role in the texture of your eJuice. If the temperature is too low, your vapor will be thin. If the temperature is too high, the eJuice will become scorched, producing an unpleasant taste and burning the coil. Find the optimal temperature and wattage for your eJuice by adjusting your device's settings and experimenting until you achieve a thickness you are happy with.
In conclusion, achieving a thick, gummy texture in your DIY eJuice involves choosing the right base and flavors, adding sweeteners in moderation, proper mixing, using the right equipment, and adjusting the temperature and wattage. With a bit of practice, patience, and experimenting, you can create premium eJuices that leave a lasting impression on your taste buds. Don't be afraid to try new combinations of flavors and temperature and wattage settings until you find what works best for you.