This month I was asked to review a D.I.Y. mixing kit from the Alchemist’s Cupboard. I’ve been mixing my own juice for about a year so this seemed like a nice challenge to put my experience to the test.
I was given my kit, which was quite big and contained everything needed, including extra vegetable glycerin - which anyone who mixes their own juice will know you tend to get through very quickly. I would suggest either a bigger syringe or a mixing cylinder could be added to the kit, as the 10ml syringe that came with it wasn’t enough to mix some of the components of the juice which made the overall process a bitlonger.
The first step was to mix the juice together - but with 20 different flavours to choose from it was a case of ‘Where do I start?’
The kit’s instruction leaflet advises using “e-juice me up”, the digital mixing calculator, in order to obtain recipes and also suggests mixing juice at 25% concentrate, which is a little higher then I would do normally but, of course, this is down to personal tastes and preferences.
The leaflet wasn’t very clear in terms of how to actually make the juice. Had I not done this before I would have struggled to understand some of the components and processes. A clearer instruction booklet would be preferable.
Using the ingredients from the kit I created several flavours at different PG/VG ratios to see how they would work across the board. The first batch mixed at 80 VG / 20 PG with 25%flavour and 3mg of nicotine. I ended up with cherry bakewell, salted caramel, banana custard, Devon cream and cookie dough. I found these concentrates quite oily and hard to mix,they need a lot of shaking and airing during the steeping period.
Next batch I mixed together was ‘Rainbow Sweets’ and ‘Sour’. This was mixed at 70 VG / 30 PG with 3mg of nicotine. I reduced the concentrate percentage on these to 20%, as there was a higher PG ratio which carries the flavour better. This juice mixed really well.
The final batch I chose to mix at 50 VG / 50 PG with 3mg of nicotine and chose two flavours to mix together -strawberry and watermelon.
Once all my flavours had been mixed I needed some guinea pigs to test drive them, so I enlisted the help of some friends to give me there views.
The recommended steeping time for these flavours was listed as 14 days, so I’ll have to stop my review here as I need to wait…
14 days later... My friends have now tried and tested the juice. Rik stated that “Salted caramel was a little bland, but had a nice natural flavour with decent clouds. Cookie dough has a strong flavour with a chemical aftertaste which was quite off-putting”.
My friend, Chris, commented that: “Banana custard was lush, but the banana over-powered the custard. The Devon custard was like a smooth light coffee but still a bit harsh on the throat.”
Alex confirmed: “Rainbow sherbert has a light, subtle flavour that would be suitable for an ‘all day vape’ although not much of a ‘rainbow’ of flavours - mainly a light strawberry with some citrus undertones. The sherbet fuzziness hit lightly and pleasantly at the back of the throat. Sour on its own tasted of nothing, but could make a good mixer for other flavours”.
All in all this isn’t a bad kit; there’s a good variety of flavours to choose from and I had fun mixing them and trying them out. I’d definitely go back for more.