Looking for a way to define how good/bad different batches of nicotine are.

Discussion in 'DIY E-Liquid - General Discussion' started by µDavid, Apr 11, 2017.

  1. µDavid

    µDavid Member For 2 Years

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    Hello.
    (I really only have one short question, unless others have very different methods of detecting nicotine un-purity, but I want to explain what and why I need it for thus the long text. Just so you know that you can skip to the last 2 lines in order to read my question, since reading the hole text isn't a strict necessity)


    Recently I have received nicotine that there is something wrong with, it taste very bitter and it tastes even worse when mixed with flavors(since I vape with 14mg/ml nicotine I think that if I had used less of the 30mg/ml liquid I start of with it might not have been as bad but still it was bad), the taste of it is very similar to the smell of nicotine and I theorised that perhaps for some reason the nicotine in the PG or VG have oxidised far more than it usually have, but the man in my local vape store didn't consider that a possibility.

    But in any case I am getting closer and closer to have to buy a large amount of 100mg/ml liquid because the European TPD is getting ever closer to be implemented in my country(Sweden), I plan to acquire 2-3 litres at least and then split that up into individual 100ml glass bottles that will be put into my freezer until it is consumed. That way I should have all the nicotine that I will need for the coming years, for as long as the nicotine stays fresh/good.

    My problem with the TPD isn't just that I hate to have to get hundreds of 10ml bottle to be poured into a large bottle but the TPD restricts the nicotine content to maximum 20mg/ml, which means that it can get hard or difficult or simply unpractical to mix recipes freely and still end up with the 14mg/ml that I require.

    But having bought nicotine from a few different places I have experienced a large range of quality, and I want to find some way of detecting how pure a nicotine are so that I can best choose from whom to buy 2-3L from.

    Something like finding a flavor that get altered much by un-pure nicotine bases.

    Does anyone know of any flavour that gets altered by not entirely pure nicotine bases?
    The more the flavor changes the better so that I can compare different nicotine sources with one another.
     
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    Heartsdelight Platinum Contributor Member For 2 Years

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    Sorry I can't help :( all these regulations are surely a big pain the the u know where.
     
  3. Heabob

    Heabob Gold Contributor Member For 3 Years

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    Better to put it this way...
    I don't think there are any flavors that don't get effected by bad NIC.
    Sometimes tolerable when NIC is used at lower levels like 2-3mg.
    However it really depends on ones own taste buds I think.
    And it might be even less noticeable when used with tobacco flavors.
    Wonder if you could get some smaller samples from a few different vendors to "try before you buy".
    We're lucky here in the states by having a real good selection but most are sourced from India or China anyway.
     
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    Sandia's Member For 2 Years

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    Nicotine should be mixed(shaked) before using. Using nicotine that is not mixed can result in juice that tastes poor. I think that comparing the taste of juice without any flavoring might be a good way to compare different brands of nicotine. Nicotine does have a taste, it is far from tasteless.
     
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    Rickajho Gold Contributor Member For 1 Year ECF Refugee

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    ^^^ That. If you don't shake or stir your nic thoroughly you can get some nasty surprises, including a nic level much higher or lower than the stated concentration. Did you shake this nic before dividing it out into smaller bottles or sampling it?
     

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