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Juice Steeping vs. Juice Breathing

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Sometimes, what you first taste isn’t exactly what you get—especially
in terms of e-liquids. Like a fine wine, aging a particular flavor
can cause it to transform. In regards to e-juice, that process
can be called “steeping” or “breathing,” and you can use it any time
the initial flavor test isn’t up to your standards. Both processes rely
on time for all the ingredients and flavorings to properly homogenize
in the bottle, but there are some important distinctions.


Steeping involves keeping your bottle tightly sealed and in a dark,
cool place (i.e. in a cupboard or drawer) for extended periods of time,
ranging from two weeks to two months. The steeping process allows
all of the separate flavors and ingredients in the e-juice to settle
and blend with each other. The idea is similar to combining a jar of
red sand and a jar of blue sand: you would have to shake it until it was
a consistent color throughout. Steeping is even simpler since it is a
liquid—you really just set it and forget it. An optional step is to shake
the bottle vigorously and place it back in the dark spot to steep.


Some people choose to “quick-steep” using heat, which is
a controversial method. (It’s debatable whether it really works or not.)
Quick-steeping is often performed by placing the e-juice bottles into
a simmering pot of water for 15 minutes. While there is a proven physical
change (the e-juice will get darker, because nicotine darkens as it oxidizes)
it’s not clear how effective it is compared to general steeping. Either way,
quick steeping has become a staple habit for many vapers.


Lastly, “breathing” e-liquid is when you leave the juice bottle
open to purposely oxidize the nicotine. When nicotine oxidizes,
it turns the e-juice a darker shade of tan or brown and gives it a far
more muted flavor. While it sounds ridiculous to want
less flavor, it’s
incredibly helpful for juices that are too harsh (i.e. citrus flavors, poor
nicotine quality or aromatic flavors). With e-liquids that seem almost
noxiously perfume-y and stuffy, the best way to improve it is through
breathing. This process is the exact same as steeping, but just take the
cap off and limit yourself to a maximum of 24 hours at a time. Otherwise,
you will end up over-oxidizing the nicotine and the juice will taste strange.

Some e-liquids are perfect right off the bat; all of our e-liquids
generally do not require any steeping time, as they’ve been pre-steeped
either by our collaborators or in-house (for our own lines). Others might
require a little work. Whether you choose to steep or breathe your e-liquid
depends on the particular flavor and your personal taste. But once you’ve
experimented with steeping and breathing and mastered the techniques,
you’ll have two more tools to help create your ideal vaping experience.

 

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Juice Steeping vs. Juice Breathing

Posted by Auster Vape Co. on

Sometimes, what you first taste isn’t exactly what you get—especially
in terms of e-liquids. Like a fine wine, aging a particular flavor
can cause it to transform. In regards to e-juice, that process
can be called “steeping” or “breathing,” and you can use it any time
the initial flavor test isn’t up to your standards. Both processes rely
on time for all the ingredients and flavorings to properly homogenize
in the bottle, but there are some important distinctions.


Steeping involves keeping your bottle tightly sealed and in a dark,
cool place (i.e. in a cupboard or drawer) for extended periods of time,
ranging from two weeks to two months. The steeping process allows
all of the separate flavors and ingredients in the e-juice to settle
and blend with each other. The idea is similar to combining a jar of
red sand and a jar of blue sand: you would have to shake it until it was
a consistent color throughout. Steeping is even simpler since it is a
liquid—you really just set it and forget it. An optional step is to shake
the bottle vigorously and place it back in the dark spot to steep.


Some people choose to “quick-steep” using heat, which is
a controversial method. (It’s debatable whether it really works or not.)
Quick-steeping is often performed by placing the e-juice bottles into
a simmering pot of water for 15 minutes. While there is a proven physical
change (the e-juice will get darker, because nicotine darkens as it oxidizes)
it’s not clear how effective it is compared to general steeping. Either way,
quick steeping has become a staple habit for many vapers.


Lastly, “breathing” e-liquid is when you leave the juice bottle
open to purposely oxidize the nicotine. When nicotine oxidizes,
it turns the e-juice a darker shade of tan or brown and gives it a far
more muted flavor. While it sounds ridiculous to want
less flavor, it’s
incredibly helpful for juices that are too harsh (i.e. citrus flavors, poor
nicotine quality or aromatic flavors). With e-liquids that seem almost
noxiously perfume-y and stuffy, the best way to improve it is through
breathing. This process is the exact same as steeping, but just take the
cap off and limit yourself to a maximum of 24 hours at a time. Otherwise,
you will end up over-oxidizing the nicotine and the juice will taste strange.

Some e-liquids are perfect right off the bat; all of our e-liquids
generally do not require any steeping time, as they’ve been pre-steeped
either by our collaborators or in-house (for our own lines). Others might
require a little work. Whether you choose to steep or breathe your e-liquid
depends on the particular flavor and your personal taste. But once you’ve
experimented with steeping and breathing and mastered the techniques,
you’ll have two more tools to help create your ideal vaping experience.

 

Read more


The World's Weirdest E-Liquid Flavors

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When we’re considering an all-day vape, we tend towards the sweeter,
fruitier realm of the e-juice flavor spectrum. But every once in a while,
we like to give more off-beat flavors a shot. So we went out looking
for some of the most bizarre e-liquids on the planet. These may not be your
new favorite vape
in fact we’re pretty sure it won’t bebut if you’re trying
to experiment with something unusual, look no further than these.


 
This sweet-and-savory combination is delightful on a plate.
As an e-juice flavor, it takes a more fearless vaper to give it a try.




We find salted fish vile enough as a food, but thanks to Hangsen,
you can now get the pungent, fishy flavors as a vape.




Another savory creation from Hangsen, this juice mimics the taste
of a heavily ketchuped foot-long without all the chewing.


 
We can’t imagine Blue Cheese making into anyone’s regular rotation,
but it might make serve  an effective dare for one of your friends.


Turtle Soup



A delicacy in some Asian nations, turtle soup hasn’t made much headway
in the rest of the world. We’re assuming the same applies to this flavor,
which transforms the taste of soft-shelled turtles into a vapable e-juice.


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The World's Weirdest E-Liquid Flavors

Posted by Auster Vape Co. on

When we’re considering an all-day vape, we tend towards the sweeter,
fruitier realm of the e-juice flavor spectrum. But every once in a while,
we like to give more off-beat flavors a shot. So we went out looking
for some of the most bizarre e-liquids on the planet. These may not be your
new favorite vape
in fact we’re pretty sure it won’t bebut if you’re trying
to experiment with something unusual, look no further than these.


 
This sweet-and-savory combination is delightful on a plate.
As an e-juice flavor, it takes a more fearless vaper to give it a try.




We find salted fish vile enough as a food, but thanks to Hangsen,
you can now get the pungent, fishy flavors as a vape.




Another savory creation from Hangsen, this juice mimics the taste
of a heavily ketchuped foot-long without all the chewing.


 
We can’t imagine Blue Cheese making into anyone’s regular rotation,
but it might make serve  an effective dare for one of your friends.


Turtle Soup



A delicacy in some Asian nations, turtle soup hasn’t made much headway
in the rest of the world. We’re assuming the same applies to this flavor,
which transforms the taste of soft-shelled turtles into a vapable e-juice.


Read more


Find Your Vape

Posted by Auster Vape Co. on

Vape mods are what turn a simple vape pen into a thick
cloud-producing machine. Many mod categories are dependent
on battery configurations (18350, 18500, 18650, dual, triple 18650, 26650),
but today, we’re focusing solely on the 18650 variety. To simplify
a complex landscape, there are generally two kinds of mods: tube-shaped
and box-shaped. While there are some proprietary and innovative shapes
(the Vaporesso Target comes to mind), the vast majority of mods fall into
one of those two categories.


Tube mods have a cylindrical appearance and have recently branched
off into either starter kits (Endura T18, Joyetech AIO) or mechanical
advanced mods (Vicious Ant, for example). Box mods have also seen
a wide array of innovations and advancements, like software improvements
(such as temperature control and setting memories) and hardware or
shape tweaks. This introduces a series of subcategories you can think of
as a “regular box”, an All-In-One, or Side-By-Side.

 


 

 

You’ll recognize regular box mods as the standard 4-sided mods where
the tank sits on the 510 connection on top. A textbook example of regular
box mods is the Evic VTC Mini or Evic VTwo Mini.

 

 


All-In-Ones (or, AIOs) generally feature a restrained circuit system
that improves portability and maintenance. The tank and mod are combined
into a single unit that only requires an occasional change of coil and juice refills.
Popular AOIs include the Aspire Plato, Kanger Cupti, and Joyetech eGrip II.

Side-by-side mods can be considered the “goldilocks” of the box
mod category. The Xvostick, designed by Chels at Mini-Ecig, was one
of the first pioneers of a style that now counts an innumerable list of
manufacturers. While it may resemble an AIO, the tank actually sits
in a recessed “seatbelt” style of holster alongside the battery. This creates
the appearance of sitting entirely flush along the top, like an AIO mod.
However, the tank is actually changeable, with the only constraint being
the diameter reserved in the recessed tank cavity.

 




While there are many factors to consider when deciding on buying a mod,
you should also keep in mind what things you’re willing to trade off for
improvements in other areas. But at the end of the day, a mod is only as
important as the vaper makes it. Everyone has their own preferences and
dislikes, and vape mods give us a spectrum of different options.

 

Read more

Find Your Vape

Posted by Auster Vape Co. on

Vape mods are what turn a simple vape pen into a thick
cloud-producing machine. Many mod categories are dependent
on battery configurations (18350, 18500, 18650, dual, triple 18650, 26650),
but today, we’re focusing solely on the 18650 variety. To simplify
a complex landscape, there are generally two kinds of mods: tube-shaped
and box-shaped. While there are some proprietary and innovative shapes
(the Vaporesso Target comes to mind), the vast majority of mods fall into
one of those two categories.


Tube mods have a cylindrical appearance and have recently branched
off into either starter kits (Endura T18, Joyetech AIO) or mechanical
advanced mods (Vicious Ant, for example). Box mods have also seen
a wide array of innovations and advancements, like software improvements
(such as temperature control and setting memories) and hardware or
shape tweaks. This introduces a series of subcategories you can think of
as a “regular box”, an All-In-One, or Side-By-Side.

 


 

 

You’ll recognize regular box mods as the standard 4-sided mods where
the tank sits on the 510 connection on top. A textbook example of regular
box mods is the Evic VTC Mini or Evic VTwo Mini.

 

 


All-In-Ones (or, AIOs) generally feature a restrained circuit system
that improves portability and maintenance. The tank and mod are combined
into a single unit that only requires an occasional change of coil and juice refills.
Popular AOIs include the Aspire Plato, Kanger Cupti, and Joyetech eGrip II.

Side-by-side mods can be considered the “goldilocks” of the box
mod category. The Xvostick, designed by Chels at Mini-Ecig, was one
of the first pioneers of a style that now counts an innumerable list of
manufacturers. While it may resemble an AIO, the tank actually sits
in a recessed “seatbelt” style of holster alongside the battery. This creates
the appearance of sitting entirely flush along the top, like an AIO mod.
However, the tank is actually changeable, with the only constraint being
the diameter reserved in the recessed tank cavity.

 




While there are many factors to consider when deciding on buying a mod,
you should also keep in mind what things you’re willing to trade off for
improvements in other areas. But at the end of the day, a mod is only as
important as the vaper makes it. Everyone has their own preferences and
dislikes, and vape mods give us a spectrum of different options.

 

Read more


The Essentials: Cara Lovely

Posted by Auster Vape Co. on

When your life revolves around vaping, there’s some things you
just can’t do without. For Cara Lovely, that means you have to always
be prepared to blow optimal clouds—and to capture them effectively
on video. The Colorado native (who can count sponsorships from the likes
of Dripco, Shijin, Zamplebox, Ruthless, Sugar and Fixx-e) took
us through all of the must-haves she keeps close at hand.


Olloclip for iPhone 7







When it comes to adding creative options to your iPhone,
olloclip sets the gold standard. Effortlessly switching between fisheye,
wide-angle and macro lenses, it lets Cara capture any kind of vapors
she can produce
in incredible detail.



Photoshop for Mac





When editing images, sometimes there’s no alternative to
a tried-and-true classic. Photoshop gives Cara the power and
versatility to edit and perfect her shots to take them to the next level.



Native Wicks Cotton





Cara is known for blowing clouds, but she’s also a big fan of flavor.
To get the most taste out of every puff, she opts for Native Wicks’
advanced blend of multiple cotton fibers. Their revolutionary large fiber
blend ensures increased wicking ability and maximized flavor.



Dotmod Dotbox V2 300W TC Box Mod




Any vape enthusiast knows you can’t skimp on power output. Cara’s
Dotmod Dotbox runs on a staggering 300W of maximum output and a
1300mAh 3-Cell LiPo Battery. And since it’s milled from a hard-anodized
custom aluminum shell, it cuts a truly beautiful shape that’s both
aesthetically pleasing and a joy to handle.




Flavor Rotation 




Cara doesn’t take her flavors lightly, so no matter if she’s vaping for maximum
clouds or just to relax, she’s incredibly selective about her e-liquids. From
all-day vapes to the occasional treat, here are Cara’s must-have vapes:



Mandingo by Ruthless

 




Lush by Cypher





Pineapple Cake Pop by the Drip Co

 

 


Blueberry Bliss by The Cakery

 

 


Baked Goods by Shijin

 

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The Essentials: Cara Lovely

Posted by Auster Vape Co. on

When your life revolves around vaping, there’s some things you
just can’t do without. For Cara Lovely, that means you have to always
be prepared to blow optimal clouds—and to capture them effectively
on video. The Colorado native (who can count sponsorships from the likes
of Dripco, Shijin, Zamplebox, Ruthless, Sugar and Fixx-e) took
us through all of the must-haves she keeps close at hand.


Olloclip for iPhone 7







When it comes to adding creative options to your iPhone,
olloclip sets the gold standard. Effortlessly switching between fisheye,
wide-angle and macro lenses, it lets Cara capture any kind of vapors
she can produce
in incredible detail.



Photoshop for Mac





When editing images, sometimes there’s no alternative to
a tried-and-true classic. Photoshop gives Cara the power and
versatility to edit and perfect her shots to take them to the next level.



Native Wicks Cotton





Cara is known for blowing clouds, but she’s also a big fan of flavor.
To get the most taste out of every puff, she opts for Native Wicks’
advanced blend of multiple cotton fibers. Their revolutionary large fiber
blend ensures increased wicking ability and maximized flavor.



Dotmod Dotbox V2 300W TC Box Mod




Any vape enthusiast knows you can’t skimp on power output. Cara’s
Dotmod Dotbox runs on a staggering 300W of maximum output and a
1300mAh 3-Cell LiPo Battery. And since it’s milled from a hard-anodized
custom aluminum shell, it cuts a truly beautiful shape that’s both
aesthetically pleasing and a joy to handle.




Flavor Rotation 




Cara doesn’t take her flavors lightly, so no matter if she’s vaping for maximum
clouds or just to relax, she’s incredibly selective about her e-liquids. From
all-day vapes to the occasional treat, here are Cara’s must-have vapes:



Mandingo by Ruthless

 




Lush by Cypher





Pineapple Cake Pop by the Drip Co

 

 


Blueberry Bliss by The Cakery

 

 


Baked Goods by Shijin

 

Read more


What's TFN?

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“Tobacco Free Nicotine"

What is it?

Tobacco Free Nicotine (or, TFN) is often heralded as the future of the vape
industry. That’s because media portrayals and recent FDA regulations have
tied the stigma of cigarettes with that of vaping. This unfair connection stems
from one thing: nicotine. A product of tobacco, cigarettes have long been
considered the only source of nicotine. But pure nicotine can exist with no
additives, and it has physiological effects as benign as caffeine.  


TFN

is pure nicotine created without tobacco products (whether stem, leaf, or waste dust),
and as such, represents an exciting new alternative for smokers. The vape industry has long been plagued by the FDA and media classifying e-liquid as a tobacco product. Since the nicotine in TFN is derived entirely without tobacco, it may prevent future
e-liquids from being handled identically to cigarettes or cigars.

Check out the inventors of TFN, NextGenerationLabs



TFN is also highly coveted by flavor enthusiasts because it’s the purest
and cleanest nicotine to optimize flavor blends, without tobacco. While it’s still
an emerging niche in the vape industry, many e-liquid manufacturers have already
started substituting conventional nicotine with TFN to establish an early
position. That includes reputable names like NKTR, Cypher, and Lost Arts.

On the legislative front, pro-vaping advocates are utilizing the TFN
platform as an argument against e-juice restrictions. To support the
movement, it’s important for legislators and politicians to understand
that nicotine and tobacco are not synonymous: one is a chemical
compound while the other is an actual crop. With the inevitable
adoption of TFN by more and more e-liquid companies, getting the
right information to the right people is key.

Share this article with anyone who might be interested.




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What's TFN?

Posted by Auster Vape Co. on

“Tobacco Free Nicotine"

What is it?

Tobacco Free Nicotine (or, TFN) is often heralded as the future of the vape
industry. That’s because media portrayals and recent FDA regulations have
tied the stigma of cigarettes with that of vaping. This unfair connection stems
from one thing: nicotine. A product of tobacco, cigarettes have long been
considered the only source of nicotine. But pure nicotine can exist with no
additives, and it has physiological effects as benign as caffeine.  


TFN

is pure nicotine created without tobacco products (whether stem, leaf, or waste dust),
and as such, represents an exciting new alternative for smokers. The vape industry has long been plagued by the FDA and media classifying e-liquid as a tobacco product. Since the nicotine in TFN is derived entirely without tobacco, it may prevent future
e-liquids from being handled identically to cigarettes or cigars.

Check out the inventors of TFN, NextGenerationLabs



TFN is also highly coveted by flavor enthusiasts because it’s the purest
and cleanest nicotine to optimize flavor blends, without tobacco. While it’s still
an emerging niche in the vape industry, many e-liquid manufacturers have already
started substituting conventional nicotine with TFN to establish an early
position. That includes reputable names like NKTR, Cypher, and Lost Arts.

On the legislative front, pro-vaping advocates are utilizing the TFN
platform as an argument against e-juice restrictions. To support the
movement, it’s important for legislators and politicians to understand
that nicotine and tobacco are not synonymous: one is a chemical
compound while the other is an actual crop. With the inevitable
adoption of TFN by more and more e-liquid companies, getting the
right information to the right people is key.

Share this article with anyone who might be interested.




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