Preparing and using Additives for Tobacco Mixes
Many additives and flavours need to be diluted
As I’ve mentioned before, tobacco and cigarette mixes often require some additional help in the form of additives and extra flavouring. Whilst many tobacco flavours offer a great starting point or base, adding these extras can offer your mixes that additional layer of depth and character.
Additives and additional flavours that are used in cigarettes can help make a tobacco mix a little more satisfying. Especially for those new to vaping.
Please read this introductory post first – Additives for Cigarette & Tobacco Mixes
Why do we need to dilute an additive or flavour?
A number of these ingredients & flavours are simply too strong to use in smaller 10 or even 20 ml mixes. If we were mixing all of our e liquids in larger batches, then we could use regular drops from the original concentrate bottles.
Obviously, personal preference comes into play, but generally, we’re looking for some subtlety when using these ingredients. Cigarettes all have a touch of nuts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee and bakery notes, just to name a few. Adding even a standard drop of some of these concentrates can overpower a tobacco mix.
Making bottles of diluted additives-flavours
After much experimenting, I’ve found that a 20 % diluted solution is about perfect for many of these ingredients. I use 10 ml bottles but only have 5 ml total in fluid. Use a graduated cylinder, syringe or pipette for measuring.
- Pour 4 mls of PG into the bottle
- Add 1 ml = 20 drops of Additive / Flavour
- Label the bottle
You now have a workable solution for those extra strong additives/flavours.
As I’ve said before, there are no set percentages that one should use, just experiment. For a 10 ml mix, I suggest you start with a single drop, let it steep for a day or so (after a good minute shake) and see how it goes. Remember, longer steeps help.
My suggestions / Inventory of diluted mixes
FlavourArt Dark Bean (Coffee)
FlavourArt Fuji Apple
FlavourArt Oak Wood
Inawera Milk Chocolate
Inawera DND (Dirty Neutral Base) Offers ash taste
Juice Factory Maple Syrup
Flavor West Black Licorice
TFA Kentucky Bourbon
TFA Jamaican Rum
TFA Acetyl Pyrazine (bakery notes)
Nuts can be a very important ingredient for tobacco/cigarette mixes. My diluted mix uses half of each (10 drops) of the following. FA’s mixed Nuts on its own is more Hazelnut and Walnut, so I like to bring another nut in for overall balance.
FlavourArt Mixed Nuts
FlavourArt’s Marzipan can work nicely here too
Additional Additives / Flavours
I do use other ingredients, but there’s enough here to get you experimenting. Some other common inclusions include –
For those that wish to really get creative, here’s a list of additional additives and flavours that are used in virtually every commercially made cigarette.
Obviously, many of these ingredients can be used for other flavoured e liquids too. They’re not just for tobacco or cigarette styled mixes.
I hope you find this information useful, if you have any questions or comments, please let us know. Happy Mixing. Our next posting will provide some basic recipes and bases to build on.
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