Have you ever wondered if brewing your own beer and steeping your own vape juice were similar? Although the way each is made is slightly different, both are fairly simple processes that allow you to include your favorite flavors and get the most from your vaping or beer-drinking experience. Take a look at the history of brewing your own beer and how this has encouraged vapers to steep vape juice at home as well.
A Long History
Beer has been brewed in homes for more than 5,000 years, although it didn’t become legal in the U.S. until 2013. As of 2017, over 1.1 million Americans started brewing their own beer, although 40 percent of those home brewers started the practice within the last four years. Vaping has a long history as well, even though it’s newer to users in the U.S. In fact, it draws its roots from practices that took place in ancient Egypt and India.
The first e-cigarette came out in the U.S. in 2003, and by 2018, one in every 20 Americans used a vaping device. That translates to more than 10.8 million vapers.
Brewing Your Own Beer
When you decide to start brewing beer at home, you’ll need a few basic supplies. The method for producing beer involves boiling extracts and fermenting by volume. The necessary ingredients include hops, water, malt extract, and yeast, along with any flavorings you plan to add.
You’ll need supplies like a large stock pot and spoon for boiling the extracts, along with a fermenter, a bottling bucket, an airlock, a siphon, and a thermometer. Home-brewed beer also needs somewhere to be stored, so be sure to pick up some bottles and caps, as well as a filler and capper.
The process of home-brewing beer takes about 3-5 weeks, which allows the beer to ferment and carbonate. Most recipes yield about five gallons, which is equivalent to 50 12-ounce bottles. It’s a fulfilling hobby among beer drinkers, allowing you to create your own flavor mixes and combinations while saving money and controlling the ingredients that go into your favorite beverage.
Home-Steeped Vape Juice
If you’re a vaper, you may be looking for a way to make your own vape juice. Home-steeped vape juice is appealing because it gives you better control over what goes into the mixtures. It can also be a cost-effective alternative to buying expensive cartridges or bottles of the pre-made stuff. The process takes between three days and three weeks, depending on the flavors you use, and yields about 120-240 mL of vape juice. What you make at home has a shorter shelf life, so you’ll typically need to use it within a few weeks.
Steeping your own vape juice involves a process of mixing ingredients by weight. You’ll need vegetable glycerin, any flavorings you want to use, propylene glycol, and nicotine, if you use that substance in your vape. Recipes are available online from fellow vapers, so you don’t have to guess on the quantities for each ingredient.
Take advantage of the benefits of steeping your own vape juice and enjoy new, appealing flavor combinations with every hit.