A Guide To D.I.Y Mixing
A good friend of mine from TMB Notes was able to send me over some of his products, which allowed me to mix my own E-Liquid and sample his stock. He supplied me with everything from some beakers, syringes in assorted sizes, to the nicotine, VG and PG, and also TMB Notes’ own concentrates.
Mixing your own liquids is incredibly easy, I’d tried it before with a VG/PG/nic mix, but I was limited on the outcome of the liquid specifics for how I like to vape. None of this was a problem with TMB Notes as I had everything and could be precise in my methods to work towards a liquid I’d be able to vape, along with consistent nicotine percentages to keep me going. And in this post I shall be explaining how to mix together your own liquids, which is cheap and full of choice.
Mixing tips and Safety
Despite mixing being a creative and cost efficient way to make the flavoured liquids that you personally want to vape, there are a few pointers in taking care with products you will be working with, and as long as you follow these you, you will be fine.
First and foremost, Nicotine is a dangerous product to work around, and it’s usually a very high percentage, I’d been given a bottle of 72mg Nicotine. Keep out of reach of any children! It is more than enough to kill you.
I had been supplied with some Nitrile gloves to use whilst mixing, this helps to protect you from Nicotine and concentrates. Bear in mind that Nicotine can be absorbed through the skin, so it is also dangerous if you get any of it on your hands or what not. Wash hands immediately and possibly seek medical attention.
Work in a tidy and clean area to avoid contamination of liquids from other sources.
The first mix I made was an 80vg/20pg mix of the killer kustard concentrate supplied, at 3mg nicotine strength. These are ratios and percentages that I usually vape, but they can easily be changed for say a 70/30 mix if desired.
My workings out for the desired mix are shown below from a website called Steam Engine (https://www.steam-engine.org/juice.asp) which allows you to enter the specified details of your equipment and gives you a guide on how much of your stock to use to get a desired liquid.
Here is a photo of all the equipment needed, and supplied by TMB notes, which I’m very grateful of them for supplying.
I firstly began by measuring out the Nicotine for 100ml of liquid, extra precaution needs to be taken here because if you measure out a wrong or different amount, then your Nic strength will be noticeably off, or in some instances dangerously high.
I used varied sized syringes to measure the amount of nicotine needed for the 3mg mix.
I then used a measuring cylinder to measure out 79ml of VG, and some syringes to measure the remaining 0.76ml of liquid more precisely.
This was rather thick and needed mixing a lot, I’d recommend heating the VG on it’s own slightly prior to mixing with the nicotine, to allow the mixing to be an easier process with a stirring rod.
I used more syringes to measure out the 1.07ml of PG and added to the mix, and again stirred for a while until well mixed.