How to Steep E-Juice: A Step-By-Step Guide

One of the most common problems vapers experience with fresh-made e-juice is not allowing it to steep. Many vapers are so eager to try their new flavor, they vape it fresh out of the box. If you don’t give your Mt Baker Vapor e-juice proper steep time, you may experience less-than-desirable flavor and vapor production. To get the optimum flavor and vapor, follow this step-by-step on how to steep e-juice:


To understand the steeping process, one must be familiar with e-juice components. Steep-time is dependent on many variables: flavor type, extra flavor shots, nicotine content, PG to VG ratio, and temperature. We offer customers a wide array of options when it comes to e-juice, and these differences in composition can make a world of difference for steep time.

E-juice is composed of the following parts (in varying ratios):

Propylene Glycol

Vegetable Glycerine



E-Juice Components

E-juice is composed of nicotine, flavoring, PG, and VG.

Here is the official position on steeping from Mt Baker Vapor’s Customer Service department:

Steeping is an oxidation process that occurs between the flavoring, nicotine, and base. Steeping is going to be the answer to resolving any issues you are currently having with an alcohol or soapy tasting ejuice. We recommend at least 2-4 weeks of steeping for all of our ejuice to develop the flavor properly. This process will take longer for tobacco flavors, higher VG blends, larger bottle sizes, and added flavor shots. All you need to do is set the juice out of direct sunlight with the cap on, and shake it once or twice a day as it steeps. 


Once your e-juice arrives, it is a good idea to shake your juice. Shaking is a great way to make the juice mix better. The idea is to get the e-juice as homogenous as possible, minimizing separation of parts. Agitation is an important part of steeping.


Anticipate a few weeks of steeping before vaping your e-juice. Shaking your bottles at least once a day during the 2-4 weeks of steeping can make a tremendous difference in your flavor and vapor experience.


cool, dark place

Make sure your storage environment for steeping is within 50°F and 70°F. Any cooler, and your e-juice will take longer to steep, and any warmer will change the flavor and composition. It is very important to keep your steeping e-juice out of direct sunlight, as the varying heat and intensity of sunlight has a big effect on your e-juice composition.



This may be the hardest step in the process: patience. Temptation can be overwhelming. If you want the best possible flavor and vapor production for your freshly-made e-juice, it is important to wait the 2-4 weeks. Agitating periodically, keeping the e-juice in a dark, room temperature space, and waiting the full steep time are all crucial. Keep in mind, differing ratios of parts may influence the time needed to steep. If you have any questions as to what effect these ratios may have, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Note: If you are in immediate need of e-juice, and lack the time to steep, we’d recommend trying our pre-steeped GWAR Line of Premium Fluids, or many of our third party vendors.

Tim Mechling

Tim is Mt Baker Vapor's resident creative weirdo. He writes, composes music, draws, designs, produces podcasts, investigates, and blows the trumpet for the Common Man.

  • Mary says:

    Thank you for this post. This answers all the questions I had about flavor constituency. I have some ejuices from a local store that still don’t taste good and I purchased them months ago. I guess I will throw them away. I have not had any issues since using Mt Baker product, so now your company has all my business for my vaping needs.

  • Mark S says:

    Hey guys, love your e-juices. Thanks for the guide on steeping – although my juices already get a week of extra steeping while enroute to Australia 😀

    • Josh Hanna says:

      The shipping time always helps 😀 I am not patient so I always vape my juices when I get them. I need to ship them out and have them returned to me a week or two later 😛

  • This blog was very helpful. I love getting fresh juice, the waiting sucks. But it’s well worth it. I’ve enjoyed ever bottle I’ve purchased, and am now a loyal customer. Thanks so much for the helpful tips to steep the juices.

    • Josh Hanna says:

      You are very welcome 🙂 I am also impatient and do not stick with steeping. It is a downfall of mine 🙂 but when I actually let something steep.. mmmm is it good.

  • Devonna says:

    I’m so

  • Beverly Graves says:

    This is very helpful thanks i cannot wait to try some new juice

  • kristyfree says:

    Thats good knowledge

  • kristyfree says:

    I like mbv but i allowed juice to steep and tgeres no differance to ne so i just vape it when i get it now

  • April says:

    I’m def very impatient it thank you very much for the info!! My husbandsister juice will HAve been steeping for 3 weeks before he gets it while on deployment

  • Sandra Statner says:

    Love the pictures! Thanks for the great advice.

  • Teresa Kinsel says:

    Ahhhh so we weren’t so crazy in thinking the longer they sat the better the flavor 🙂 We always buy the largest available bottles well in advance of running out of our current supplies so waiting 3-4 weeks is absolutely no problem at all. Thank you for the great info. I would also advise your clients to purchase well in advance of actual need so this steeping can be done to have full enjoyment and pleasure that your juices give us. Thank you Mt Baker!

    • Josh Hanna says:

      You are definitely not crazy in thinking that. I have a butterscotch that has been steeping for 8 or 9 months now and it is awesome.

  • BBaz says:

    Thanks for the info. I definitely see the difference when I take the time to do as posted. Have tried to get creative with everything from warm soaks to a day in the blender (going on and off). Btw, neither works LOL

    • Josh Hanna says:

      I leave mine in the car during the summer and it makes it quicker 😀 I haven’t tried either of those though lol I will take your word they do not work.

  • Rod says:

    What about steeping with hot water.I put the 236ml bottles the day I get them immediately in a bowl of Hot water.Every 15 minutes I change the water with hot tap water..Shaking the bottles each time.I do this 3 to 4 times..After that you can tell the difference in taste immediately,I might vape 1 tank before I put the Bottles up for until I run out.Always in a dark place Room temperature..The real Trick is just staying ahead of yourself with your favorite Mt Baker juices..

  • pam says:

    Thanks for the info. I’m new to this and hadnt heard about steeping till now

  • Ken says:

    Has it occurred to anyone that the reason there is somuch confusion about “steeping” is that it is the totally wrong verb. to STEEP means to allow a solid (like a tea leaf) to sit in a liquid so as to allow the flavors of the leaf, in this case, to flow into the liquid.

    What you are doing with the juice in this case is AGING it. You know, like how wine sits in the dark in a cellar and chemical reactions continue to take place that mellow the flavor.

    Maybe if the proper word was used, people would get it!

    How simple it would be to say: “Just like fine wine, your juice needs to age to reach its full mellow flavor. If you vape it too early, it will, just like wine, taste lousy.”

    Words have definitions. We can’t just change them at will and expect people to follow.

    • Catherine says:

      During the aging of wines, shaking the bottles is counter-productive, so I don’t think that’s the best example. 😉

      I don’t know what word I would have chosen for the whole aging/oxidation process that is described above, but I know “steeping” is used throughout the vaping community. MBV didn’t choose the verb that’s used. But I’m pretty sure that if “oxidation” had been chosen, people would be just as confused about how to treat newly-made e liquids as they are with “steeping.”

      Steep is the term vapers are stuck with, whether you agree with it being the correct verb or not. I really don’t think it’s the word itself that’s the problem, I think it’s spreading the word. By that I mean, let people know the necessity of steeping.

      I suggested during a survey that MBV provide a link on the pages of all their e liquids directing people to a FAQ about steeping. There are many vapers that still don’t know about steeping. Perhaps, like you say, the word choice is causing confusion, but nothing can be done about that now. The only remedy I can think of is to ensure that people buying e liquids are informed about steeping, so they won’t think there’s something wrong with their purchase.

      If you have a different solution, I’d be happy to hear it.

      Vape on! 🙂

    • David says:

      I totally agree my friend wiseman beyond your years ???

    • David says:

      Thank you, thank you, thank you!
      I agree so much with this sentiment. I’m new to vaping and I just spent the last hour trying figure out some of these terms. They seem to be needlessly esoteric and misleading.

  • Rob says:

    Thank you for the info MBV.Very usefull.

  • Deric says:

    Props to Mt Baker for admitting that they sell juices which are not ready for consumption.

    Please offer PRE-AGED juices for a dollar or two more.

    • Josh Hanna says:

      It’s not that is not ready for consumption, just that it can develop more flavors if you let it sit for a little bit. I have no patience waiting for juice to steep so I vape it right when I get it 😛

      • Deric says:

        I don’t have patience either, but when I hit the fresh juice it is 3x harsher, more moist feeling, makes me want to cough and is overall not really enjoyable.

        I have a pretty good oxidation/aging process going on by squirting a tank’s full of juice into an empty 236ml bottle and agitating daily and leaving the lid open. After 1-2 days the it’s good to go.

  • Roger says:

    In all honesty, I really enjoy your e-juice right out of the box and actually prefer it that way. I haven’t had any bad experience with any of the flavors.

  • Jerry says:

    Your ejuice is pretty good. But this whole steeping thing is a bit much. You’re telling me to buy from you and then wait for 2-4 weeks before the product is best? I would think you have the knowledge to project future sales and of which flavor to make it ahead of time. Even if it’s by one week that wold help out. Most popular flavors of course.

    • Tim Mechling says:

      Our GWAR Line and third party vendors are pre-steeped. Only our Mt Baker Vapor e-juice is manufactured when you order it. A lot of our customers keep steep-time in mind, and order in advance.

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  • John says:

    Thanks for sharing this. It’s interesting to see what an effect steeping can have on the flavor of vape juices. Vapers can essentially alter the way their new juice tastes by changing the amount of time it steeps (if they let it steep at all).

  • Adnan Mithwani says:

    I have just started doing this. The juice feels fresher.

  • Bishop says:

    My current size 236 bottle is the first I’ve purchased. Right now it’s been steeping for about a week, but I’m getting restless 🙁

  • Tyler says:

    I like to steep my juices in a dark box that I keep all my vape accessories, etc, in. After two weeks there good to go!

  • Debra Kempf says:

    Just ordered today & learned about steeping. I like that you took the time to presteep before you deliver . I could never wait to Vape either . Good idea

  • Luke says:

    Does the quantity affect steep time? I make my own juice but generally purchase juice from Mt. Baker as well. I usually let the stuff I make steep for 2-3 weeks. I buy Mt Baker Juice to fill in the gaps for something to vape while my own steeps. Some of the flavors I like, I have made 250 ml bottles of… do I need to let this steep longer?

  • Meagan says:

    Okay, so I happened to come across this article after having just opened both of my MBV juices (cotton candy and orange cream). Am I understanding this correctly in that the steeping can only occur if you have not opened your juice? I’m disappointed I somehow managed to overlook this, I would have ordered an extra and left the others unopened.

    • Corey Gefroh says:

      Meagan, no need to worry as this blog is old. Mt Baker Vapor now pre-steeps all e-juice before selling so there is no need to steep! Although some do find that the taste will continue to improve with time.

      • Greg says:


        I spoke with a Customer Service Representative named Marcus today (April 20, 2017). He said that your e-juices are no longer pre-steeped, due to high demand. (I opened two of your bottles today, both had strong floral notes, in addition, one tasted soapy. I am a new vaper, and was confused by this, so I asked in order to make sure nothing was wrong with my batch.)

        Can you please officially verify that your juices are pre-steeped or not? What about the GWAR juices? Either way, please let us know in some official channel. Also, you may want to append some of these blog entries with the current information.

        • Corey Gefroh says:

          We are transitioning back to un-steeped, fresh juice. Most of our inventory as of right now is pre-steeped but soon all will be sent fresh. This will eliminate out of stock issues and all of the juice will be able to be made on demand! We will be posting on this update soon!

  • elziv says:

    I have simply commenced doing this. The juice feels more energizing.

  • Karen says:

    How many drops of flavor to 30 ml juice????

  • STEVEN BOYLE says:

    What is the normal Steep time for Thug juice. I have bought a 236 ml bottle, thinking once it arrived it was good to go, unfortunately this is not the case. So I am doing the standard instructions leaving it in a cool dark room and shaking it once a day. its been 2 weeks and it has not started changing colour yet is that the norm.

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