As far as I’m concerned, the steeping process begins as soon as the batch is mixed. The time that the juice travels to the store and sits on the shelf is when the steeping begins. However, the flavor will greatly benefit from additional steeping time. Many of you are probably thinking, “Why do I have to do this myself!? Why can’t they just sell the juice when its ready!?” The reality is that it takes some time for PG and especially VG to properly soak up all of the flavor molecules. Plus, that extra time will greatly enhance the flavor of your e-liquid. If you have ever made soup or chili then you know exactly what I mean.
My brother was super hungry one day after work and I was just finishing up a batch of chili but I like to let it sit for at least a half hour after it is done to cool down. Although he was starving, I strongly advised him to wait another few minutes, but he didn’t. The truth is he enjoyed the crap out of that chili. It probably tasted okay since it was already simmering on low for a good hour, but the point I am trying to make is that it could have been even better! It becomes slightly darker, thicker and richer in flavor after it sits for that half hour, much like steeping e-liquid.
If you do not have any patience whatsoever, just leave now. Steeping e-juice is for distinguished gentlemen (and women) that are trying to squeeze every last drop of flavor out of life. The word “steeping” has been used for years in reference to soup and especially tea. It takes patience, self control and a vision for a better tomorrow. Tea is not something you can throw together quickly and guzzle down. We are talking about a much more sophisticated way of life, so put that soda down.