Testing solo flavors can be challenging! Only if you are unsure of a manufacture or a new flavor, you might find yourself wondering, how to come up with what kind of measurement.
First, lets chat on how: volume (%) vs weight (g). Volume is pretty easy… measuring cups, syringes, oral measures, basically anything with linear markings. Weight is even easier, with a bonus with today’s digital scales. While I just stated what the differences are, I won’t go much further into the technical, other than weight is more accurate and is the leading standard of measurement in most flavor labs. This is what I hold to, and how I post my recipes here on site.
Notes, write your notes!
The #1 killer for me is not taking or losing my notes! I encourage everyone to document, record, keep track, which way you want to, but do keep up with your notes in a safe manner. Remember, if it is online and on someone else’s site.. it’s easy to drop a database and those secret recipes are no longer hush hush! It is alright to post works in progress, but those recipes near and dear, keep them safe.
Drops, get the big picture!
Drops! I do believe I have come full circle on the “drop” issue. Years ago, we were told, and even tho it does still hold true, not all drops are alike! I could pop up pretty images here of all different sized nipple tips, but I won’t. You get the big picture!. I can say here with the flavorah flavors are, they all come out the same. Some might be .0178g or .0213g.
I found Flavorah’s tip size on their bottles is perfect. To make it simple and with ease of use, without getting into specific gravitates etc., I do round mine up and down to a common number and it’s .02 grams per bottle drop. It’s really that easy! Find your 10ml bottles.. add your drops.. remember how many drops and then do your math!
Now for finding out about your flavors. Next, go on and snag a few flavors. Take the plunge and pick things you personally would like to enjoy tasting.
I just hate running one solo, as then I won’t be able to change solos. Options are better, so pick 5 flavors.Use 10ml bottles and try out your drops. Example: 2 drops for bottle #1, 4 drops bottle #2 etc.
Your “zone” area should be clean and neat, away from kids, pets, heat, dirt, etc., No electronics other than your scales (interference can happen). Once you have everything mixed up then walk away for a day or so. Come back and test. Find where you enjoy your flavors.
Hope this helps.. Mind you, this is how I mix with Flavorah, but this tutorial can help you test flavors from other manufactures too.