Bubble Gum

Bubble gum, so much fun! The things you can do with this particular flavor still amuses me and gives me giggles! Not sure if everyone is aware, but with this one, you can use this as the flavor, as a sweetener, as a “body feel” and even to give support to other flavors, it is a multi use flavor, for sure! It all depends on how you use it, how light, how heavy, so in the end, it’s up to you on usage! I tend to use this more with fruits but when you add a cream to the fruit mix, it will turn out even better!

Because this is a high concentrated flavor, let me tell you how I tested this one out. Running again on drops and 10ml bottles, 3 drops .06 grams will give you a hint of flavor in a tank, dripper, you will pick up the taste at this point. At 6 drops .12 grams, it is more like a hubba bubba type, at 9 drops .18 grams, it has a good taste and feel, but with a chemtrail attached!! Keep it low! Respect the bubble!! 🙂

Pink Bubble Gum

9 drops .18 grams Bubble Gum
3 drops .06 grams Cotton Candy
3 drops .06 grams Marshmallow
6 drops .12 grams Strawberry
6 drops .12 grams Watermelon
3 drops .06 grams Raspberry

Ready after a all night sit in, it’s really a pink vape! the bubble gum is front and center, the fruits support bubble gum and the cotton candy and marshmallow lend sweetness and mouthfeel. It’s one of my fun vapes, and I love to share it when out and about.. If you try it, let me know what you think of this. I like to watch expressions when people taste this, and I can’t help laughing when they do.. Why chew, when you can vape! 😛

Berry Cheesecake

Grab a fork, you will need it for this berry cheesecake, but before you do, let me give you my impressions on this flavor! First, doing my bottle runs, the berry blend in this really stands out, in a good way!  As I raised up the flavor from 3 drops .06 grams, to 6 drops .12 grams, the cheesecake, after sitting for a few days, could be more. Would I go higher than 6 drops in 10ml? No. This flavor used as high amounts, will turn funky. At least it is my impression!

So how to use this flavor, with respect! haha!! Here is what I did to tame the berry cheesecake and turn it into something just mouth melting!

Fan Girl’s Berry Cheesecake

12 drops .24 grams Berry Cheesecake
6 drops .12 grams Cheesecake
6 drops .12 grams Yogurt
3 drops .06 grams Pineapple
3 drops .06 grams Cookie
3 drops .06 grams Crunch Cereal

Now this is much better than the solo flavor, to me. The extra cheesecake builds up the cheesecake, while the yogurt provides more twang, with support from the pineapple, helping both the tangy tart berries and the cheesecake. The cookie and crunch cereal blend nice to give an illusion of a soft crust, once fully blended. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do! Yum! Oh and sometimes, I like to spike it with a drop .02 grams of Bourbon! but get your own fork, please!

Beer Nuts

This flavor is just not your average beer nuts, I can tell you that! Sweet salty nuts with a just a hint of ale, and a hidden surprising plot twist is what this flavor is made of. Let me tell you a few of my adventures with this fantastic flavor!

First I I opened it, I know I was a goner! Nutty caramel (Where is the ale? wait!) smell just hit my nose and I was hooked, just by nose! I knew I better start low, so yes, I did my drops (1 drop = .02 grams/.02ml) starting at 2 drops in 10ml, going up to 4, 6 and 9 drops.

I let them sit up for a couple days, I couldn’t wait any longer! At 2 drops, it was really light, I picked up a really light caramel-ish type taste, but that was all..  sad but I gave me a few hours, cottoned up my coils and dove in again!  4 drops, I remembered the small secret that a few of us old timers know, AP 5% and (you can snag that here!)
2 drops ap (.04 grams), and there she was, Pretzel! Oh my! it was not a nut, but more of a caramel pretzel. I had to go back and check the bottle, but it must have been the ap that did this, at this level, for me.

So, after a break, I came back and tried the 6, less caramel (still noticeable, but not like the 4 drops) and the nut starts to show up. I added the ap again, but it increased the nut and no more pretzel for me! At 9 drops (.18 grams) it is a full blown beer nut, sweet, but a chemical note in 10ml. So…

The ale and how to bring it out! Ready? So I played with this and have more than a few recipes for this totally cool flavor, and I found by adding in some sweet dough, and some Yakima hops, I could get that yeasty ale taste into the beer nuts.. Here is my recipe for that:

Beer Nuts 30ml

12 drops .24 grams Beer Nuts
9 drops .18 grams Sweet Dough
6 drops .12 grams Mango
6 drops .12 grams Yakima Hops

Let this sit up for about 3 days and dig in, love to see what others think of this one. I might release my Beer Nut Shake at a later date. 🙂

Flavor Pushing Zombies

This right here, is the best title for this post that I can even dream of, flavor pushing zombies, and more, oh my! Almost sounds unbelievable, doesn’t it? Well, with this article I hope to do a lot of explaining, and would love it if I had some feedback on this, in any form!

On to this fine topic! First, let’s take a random flavor example: blueberry. (altho most of the ultras can be classified as zombie flavors, hang with me a moment!) You will need some supplies: 4 – 10ml bottles, FlV Blueberry, and of course, your favorite dripper (for tank use, triple the drop amounts, and use 30ml bottles).   Now, here is the project:

Mix #1
1- 10ml at 3 drops .06 grams Blueberry

Mix #2
1- 10ml at 9 drops .18 grams Blueberry

Mix #3
1- 10ml at 18 drops .36 grams Blueberry

Mix #4
1-10ml at 36 drops .64 grams Blueberry

Note

Allow them a quick 3 sec microwave burst, and shake really good. Set them aside for the next 2-3 days and then, only then, let’s do some sampling!

You will notice, at 3 drops .06 grams, there is a blueberry taste, but it’s a good light blueberry. (It’s only .06 grams, after all!) It could be a solid amount in a recipe used with other flavors, but the blueberry is there.  Now go find some coffee or crackers and take a 30 min break to make sure your mouth is reset on taste buds! Do some thinking on what you just tasted and some recipes you might could work with.

Now for the 9 drops .18 grams of Blueberry, it is a in your face, lushy blueberry, almost to the point of overload, but not right yet! The 10ml 9 drops is actually what i’d refer to as a flavor push, to push the flavor to the max used, without falling over and ruining the flavor or your mouth. It’s a fantastic solo flavor and doesn’t need much more other than maybe marshmallow for mouth feel, maybe if you like your blueberries sugary sweet, 2-4 drops of FLV Sweetness. This is definitely flavor pushing!

At 18 drops .36 grams in our 10ml bottle, the blueberry has become obnoxious! Definitely blueberry but I can pick up a good chemical spin taste, even when finger tasting. Absolutely guaranteed to give any flavor creator a bad rep from bad reviews about mixing too high.

Now for the highest one, 36 drops .64 grams, the chemical taste has toned down and almost out, leaving a fresh blueberry, juicy, with a hint of the stem area and skin, like it burst into your mouth and now your tongue is blue from doing way too much blueberries! This is the highest form of flavor pushing, and a big reason why I do not go over certain amounts with certain flavors. Sometimes it will not turn out alright (a few exceptions, like the vanilla custard and a few others). This is why I do mix by the drop, I teach others to mix by the drop and when you use more than the amount, you will notice a few things, flavor mutations, you get the flavor, but the other tiny parts that make up a flavor will get lost, or worse, flavor muting either after mixed or after a given time. when you use more than needed, you waste not only time, and money but it cheapens Flavorah, and honestly, less is more than you can dream of.  So go easy out there, it’s really like liquid gold.

I see so many recipes calling for 1% or 6% even one person claiming he used 13% of flv flavors and it had a throat hit, no wonder why! When if you play by my examples here, and keep in mind this one thing: 1 drop = .02 grams or! .02ml   the most I used here, the max was .64 grams or .64ml in a 10ml bottle. * Edit, the one I liked is equal to .18ml in our 10ml bottle, and it really is too high to be used in this way, as a solo, for me. I barely use blueberry in a 30ml with 9 drops, as a solo, with maybe marshmallow and a touch of sweet. Flavor pushing shouldn’t happen all the time, only the rare occasions.

I also term this as a “flavor zombie” as what happens with the compounds is that you push them into an area and they take over and can die (mute) and come back to life. There are thin lines these flavors of ours “walk” and I do not like to make zombie juice for myself or anyone else.

I hope to see a few others experimenting with Flavorah and make some public posts out there, I will see. I do not have accounts everywhere, but if it is public and I am cruising, I will see and laugh with you, promise! 🙂

This is the end of the tutorial for today, if I have some free time, I will upload more recipes soon! Keep a eye out! 🙂 S.

Steeping ultra concentrated flavors

Another subject I really need to touch on is how to steep, age or blend your eliquid/juice. I see all sorts of methods from shakers, frothers, ultrasonics and more. This is a big no, just do not do that. It is not needed! You can push ultra concentrates like Flavorah way too far and over do it. It will turn mushy or muddled, bland. However, I do have a solution, a work around, that helps without hurting the outcome. As long as you do not add your nic until last, this works every time. Ready for my trick?

It is… the microwave! (wattage depending!) You will want only a few second bursts, once you have your blend and your base together, without nicotine, for a 30ml. If you are using a 4 oz or larger, you want to increase the time, but do not get to crazy and boil it. For larger batches, just take it out and check if it is warm or still needs more time. The microwave I use is just an average one, at 1100watts, around 3-5 seconds, preferably in a glass or pet bottle. You are aiming for warmer than the skin on your wrist, but not hot to where it will melt the bottle or burn yourself. Then give it a good shake and let it cool down. How often to do this? maybe 2-3 times. No more than that, and let sit overnight. Then you can add your nicotine, and remember to shake it really well!! You will find the viscosity of the vg, if you use max vg, will change a touch, but that is fine! It will make helping the nicotine blend with the base so much easier and it speeds up the time it needs to become mature (steeping/aging/sit time).

Take my challenge, steep however you want, then do a blend mix like how I am explaining here. Test it out and see. I can promise, my custards are beautiful in just a few days, my juices are rich and just like they should be. With ultra concentrates, it really is a fun and pleasurable experience using them in the right way. Report back your findings, I’d love to hear if anyone else will try.

I will say what I have said for years too, time works wonders. If you do not agree with the  microwave method, at least leave the rest off and just try time. Most of Flavorah’s flavors, when mixed at the right amounts, only need a week at the most to become beautiful like they are meant to. Anything longer than this, chances are, you are just using too much.

How to work with Flavorah! flavors

What a title, eh? for this you will need just a pen and paper, for now. I will suggest snagging a scale from somewhere. The most popular one to work with tho, can be found on Amazon, or you can check out Ebay for any good deals. You might (or might not) need this later down the road.

Like my image here, I started out making a short list of flavors I like and that will go smooth together. I can add more, but for now these are the flavors I will work with. How so? By taking each one, and seeing where we like them. I will give, most people don’t like or want to do this, but it plays a very important part of finding out how the flavor works at what level, to know how to put a recipe together. Don’t just say ok I will use these at this amount. You won’t know what will go funky, or if it is too light doing it that way!  So get out some small bottles and try your hand.

The best way I have found is by using drops. Why? well a few reasons. Mixing by volume, rather than weight, is largely inaccurate. It might look like 2mls in a syringe, but unless you weight out 2mls, your syringe could be concave and look like this, with a curvature.

This will cause an inaccurate reading and will throw your recipe off, especially using ultra concentrates. I can’t stress it enough, be as accurate as possible. Don’t shoot the messenger, I have a fix for all of this.

By my tinkers, I have found by my scales, each drop is a confirmed .02 grams. I do not go by specific gravity of each flavor, but I can if I really want to become a tech nerd. Because my scales go beyond the normal range, mine go 3 places beyond the decimal point, specific gravities range from .0189 grams to .0213 grams. To make it easy on myself, I use .02 grams per bottle drop.  Here is what my scales look like, however, they are on the expensive side, as I picked them up from my lab.

ohaus-pioneer-analytical-balance

I do not suggest this one, if you are into creating juice as a hobby, the aws scales will suit better and cost way less.

So grab a few bottles, your flavors and your base (with or without nic), and get started. I normally run an average of 8 – 10ml bottles at a time, and 3-5 flavors, carefully marking how much flavor is in each one. I start with 1-2 drops (.02-.04 grams) and run up to 7 drops (.14 grams) per bottle. This way I have an idea on how the flavors will perform, and what to think on when I put my recipe together.

I give all my bottles at least a day to sit, as I have learned speed steeping can ruin flavors of this quality, vortex can actually over push them as well; sonics are definitely out! So what does that leave you? The microwave! Believe it or not, these flavors thrive on microwaves! Something about the compounds playing nice together after a quick 2-4 sec burst from the microwave, and a good handshake, make the process a bit faster. You only need to use the microwave a few times, each time, allow for it to cool back to room temp. The next day, not only finger taste test, but if you have a dripper, add a bit on there, and judge for yourself.

I find looking at recipes on line do a few things for me. #1 never take one serious. #2 we all taste things different, and because of those 2, and that famous expression: what I like you might not, will keep you going a long way. It’s fine to get ideas, but make it your own, do your own thing, and never mind what Mary did. Chances are, she might just be “off”.

Side note: If I missed anything here, let me know, will be happy to add more info to any of my tutorials. I hope these will help you to become a better mixer. S.

Discovery!

Not sure when your best thinking time is, but mine is early morning, or late night, when I can sit still and think or reflect on the happens that have gone on, and where I want to take the next step to discovery on flavors. When thinking on flavors and mixing, the entire world is your play ground, or at least that is my way of thinking. If I can dream it, it can happen! Or I fail big and end up laughing or crying over a flavor mess I have made. Either way, playing with flavors in general, is fun. When you can sit back and taste what you created, good or bad, it gives you a pointed direction, an aim or goal. Some recipes you might tinker with for very little time and they turn out fantastic and others, you work hard on, sometimes, months or years of revisions revamping, and that is the beginning of my tale here. I hope you enjoy it!

 

When talking discovery, finding your “level”, is very important. Knowing if you prefer light flavors over heavy, or dark, if you are a fruit person, or love tobaccos, and how about nuts and creams? The best way is to make a list first, write what you like, and what you don’t down into 2 columns. Get it all out and down on paper, so you can see where it is you stand, and the mini collections of flavors you have on hand. (Some of you might have more than others, and that’s alright too, we all start where we can!)  The biggest here, before beginning is research how long your flavors will last. With Flavorah! the average shelf life is between 1-2 years. So take this into some thought. With ultra concentrates, you really do not want to hoard, no matter how you try not to, it does happen! (That is because they are so good! I know!) I will not make this site about production and juice lines, just the flavors, for average mixers. A helper site. I am willing and open for a lot of discussions, so if you have ideas, use the contact, and drop me some mail! (I love fan mail, btw!) I digress, let me get back on track. Average user of these flavors will go thru roughly 15ml (or a quarter ounce) of flavor in a month. If you do not like repeat stocking, go larger. There are some resellers out there that will sell in 30-60-90ml bottles, if you request it. I hope this gives a good idea on how much and what you want to invest in, your tastebuds!

Will have to post up another bit later tonight, I have appointments today, and a few things to finish up on this afternoon. Till then, focus on the flavors you really love, and I will be back soon. Starting up a site like this is no ordinary adventure, and I am working backwards to get you all ahead of the flavor game! 🙂 S.