BigCloud E-Liquid mixing guide for beginners

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BigCloud beginners home mix Document.
Updated 08/07/2014
Everything you need to know is here. 
Any information contained within this BigCloud E-Liquid document, is acted on at the user's own risk. BigCloud cannot be held responsible for individuals causing injury to themselves or others by following the information contained in this Document. Anyone considering DIY must CAREFULLY DECIDE if they really have the resources to carry out any DIY procedures safely.
The handling of high-strength Nicotine base liquids should only be attempted by those who understand the hazards, are competent to handle chemicals, and have the necessary protective equipment.Pure nicotine should never be used for DIY It must be handled in a lab by those qualified to work with hazardous materials, because it requires a fume cupboard and hazmat precautions. Do not buy or use pure nicotine, if you acquire some by mistake take it to a pharmacy for disposal .As a guide 72mg base strength is the norm in DIY Mixing.This is the maximum that we would recommend and the 72mg is basicly 7.2% per 100ml/mg.
What is DIY e-liquid?
Carefully note the following cautions:
Never allow nicotine to touch your skin or allow fumes to build up in the atmosphere.
Only buy Nicotine from a recommended company. If you are not sure, don't buy it. Only buy a Maximum 72mg base and it will say that on the site,check this before you buy any Nicotine product.
Always wear suitable protective clothing and keep your workspace well ventilated and work area sterilised.
Caution must always be exercised in the handling of nicotine. Some people are far more sensitive to it than others: there is a factor-10 difference in individual tolerance to nicotine, and contact Even a small amount may make some individuals temporarily ill Children and pets are especially vulnerable and you ABSOLUTELY MUST keep refill materials and finished refills away from them.E-liquid and all substances used in its production must be stored securely away from children and pets and in child-proof bottles.
Carefully avoid any splashes and spills. Have plenty of paper towel ready close by and rinsing facilities available   
Safety glasses rubber gloves and a plastic apron are recommended.
Some flavourings are known to be inappropriate for inhalation, and at least one is known to be hazardous (diacetyl).
BigCloud Concentrated flavours have all been through the toughest tests available to assure safety to the maximum level, and meet all European Regulations and all come with Purity Documents. 
What is  Propylene Glycol (PG) & Vegetable Glycerine (VG) ?
If you have been a smoker looking to make the switch to electronic cigarettes, you’re probably curious about what you’ll be putting into your lungs instead of that dreadful tobacco smoke.  vaping terminology can be a bit confusing at first, so in this article I’m going to try and explain the differences between the two most widely used e-liquid bases: propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerine (VG).
E-liquids contain four ingredients: a PG or VG base, nicotine, water and flavorings. The base, or carrier, holds the nicotine and flavor in suspension so your e-cigarette can produce those nice clouds of smoke-like vapor. Both propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin are non-toxic organic compounds and generally considered safe for consumption. In fact, they are widely used as food additives in a variety of commercially available products.
First, let’s talk about PG-based e-liquid, because it’s the most popular of the two. Due to the fact that propylene glycol is relatively thin in consistency, much thinner than the VG variety, and is more easily absorbed by the polyfill fabric inside the cartomizer. The low density of the juice also means that gunk does not build up on the heating element of your e-cigarette as fast as it does when thicker vegetable glycerin liquid is used. Propylene glycol is a tasteless odorless substance, so it does not alter the flavor of the e-liquid in any way. It’s also a powerful humectant, so while it will dry your mouth and throat if used consistently, PG also produces a stronger throat hit, similar to that of tobacco cigarettes. On the down side, propylene glycol is known to cause allergic reactions in some e-cig users. These can vary from minor reactions, like a tingling sensation in the throat, to serious irritations on various parts of the body. If you experience any unusual symptoms after vaping PG e-liquid, it’s best to stop using it immediately and switch to vegetable glycerin.
Vegetable  glycerin is a considerably thicker solution, compared to propylene glycol. On its own, VG has a slight sweet taste which also makes the e-liquid sweeter. While PG is know to give users a dry mouth, some vapers have complained about phlegm building up in their throat after using vegetable glycerin-based juices. On the upside, because of its high consistency, VG e-liquids produce significantly more vapor and doesn’t cause allergic reactions or irritations as often as propylene glycol. 
It’s fair to say the vaping community is evenly divided when it comes to e-liquid preference. Some enjoy the smoking-like throat hit of vaping propylene glycol juices, while others prefer the thick plumes of vapor and the sweet taste of vegetable glycerin. It’s hard to say which one of the two is the best, as it all comes down to personal preference. I’d suggest you start with a PG if you have been a heavy smoker, PG would give you a bigger chance to Quit. If this is the case maybe an 80%PG to 20%VG would be a good starting point..
Some Definitions First:
PG - Propylene Glycol (Stronger Throat Hit)
VG - Vegetable Glycerin (Creates More Vapour)
Nicotine Liquid (Nicotine juice) - Comes in PG, VG, or a percentage of both 50/50 PG and VG 
Then there is the Flavour Concentrate
These are the main Ingredients in E-Liquid. 
Maybe using Distilled Water, or De-ironised water (AG) or even Vodka, as a thinning agent (Explained later) 
The mg of nicotine is the amount of nicotine per ml.
(mg = milligram)
(ml = milliliter)
Approximate Nicotine Levels to make your Recipe Target Nicotine Level. (I am not an expert on this). These are the Approximate Nicotine Levels that I have found most Pre-Mixed E-Liquids to be at. I started at 36mg/ml and Gradually Lowered the Nicotine Level.
0mg to 10mg = Low
10mg to 18mg = Medium
18mg to 24mg = High
24mg to 36mg = Extra High
You Should Never Exceed 36mg
I would only recommend 36mg/ml of Nicotine with a maximum base of 72mg/ml to anyone like myself who had smoked Cigs for 30 years + But saying that only for up to 2 months not much longer as this is very high content and could be dangerous !!
How much Flavour Concentrate do i need to put to my mix?
With our Flavour Concentrates you will need a maximum of 10%  for most  Vapers  5% as they are very strong . Most Other company's between 5% and 25% All flavour concentrates we buy are made to order and not from stock, and has a 12 month best before date when it arrives to us. We will never buy in multiple stocks and have more than around 15 different flavours in stock at any one time for this reason. (EXCEPTION some Tobacco Flavors you only need 1% to 3%). Especially when you are mixing multiple flavours in any 1 mix. BigCloud will never supply any Tobacco flavours because of the simple reason, most people who use E-CIGS WANT TO QUIT TOBACCO. 
We Recommend Starting with a Lower Percentage of flavour and adding more to suit your taste (Some flavors take a few days to Steep and some weeks  (STEEPING  MEANS FOR BEST RESULTS)  We recommend  Making Small Amounts of juice until you get a flavour right  and especially one you like. It is easier and less painful to your pocket to throw down the sink 3ml than 200ml because of making a mistake. You should save your recipes and ratios you like  so you can make more when you want. You might not want to vape the same flavour for weeks on end. 
Okay, so you want to make 30ml of E-Liquid with a 36ml/mg of unflavoured nicotine with a 72mg base (Maximum Recommended Nicotine Strength) with 50%PG and 50%VG, with 10% Flavoring 
You would need
15ml PG Nicotine 50% VG
12ml VG Dilutant  40% PG  
3ml Flavour VG    10% PG
                        = 50% VG 50% PG
(Put contents into a Bottle and Shake Well before vaping).
My Personal Favourite Ratio is 1.8ml/mg of Unflavoured Nicotine with a 72mg/ml Base 98% VG and 2% AG (I will explain AG Shortly)
You would need
for a 30ml Bottle
7.5ml     VG Nicotine 25%
18.9ml   VG Dilutant  63%
0.6ml     AG Dilutant    2%
3ml Flavour VG         10%
                       = 98% VG 2% AG
(Put contents into a Bottle and Shake Well before vaping).
Our flavour concentrates are VG base hence our name BigCloud (Meaning Big Vapour Production) simply because a lot of Vapers like the smooth taste of VG like myself. Most vendors use PG only but if you would like a PG Base please send us a message when you place your orders, otherwise VG will always be despatched to you.
Okay you are thinking, what is AG ?
AG is known as Aqueous Glycerine. It is just basically de-ironised water. Some people choose to use Vodka. The main and as far as i know the only reason for wanting to use AG is to thin the high VG content in the mix. The reason for this is it can block or clog up your attomisers as VG is very thick. I personally would not add more than 10% AG to 100ml of VG, but you might like to use slightly more and as a guide maximum 15% to every 100ml of VG.
I have now Been Vaping for 2 months and want to go from 36mg/ml of Nicotine down to 18mg/ml strength Nicotine, how can I dilute all of the mixes i have made at 36mg/ml ?.  This is verry common and i have done this personaly at least twice and so will you i'm afraid. It is quite easy but just take your time and get it right the first time don't panic and rush as there is no room for error on this one. 
If your mix is 98% VG and 2% AG as above and you know your nicotine is 50% of your total 30ml Bottle mixed at 36mg/ml.So you would simply need to add Dilutants and Flavourings.
Okay, so you would 
Add an extra 5,7ml of VG Diluteant
Add 0.3 or 3 to 5 drops of AG
Add an extra 1.5ml of Flavourings
Total  7.5ml of the 15ml of the Nicotine in the 1ST Example mix above. Now you have your Nicotine down to 18mg/ml. There are several E-Liquid mixing calcualtors on the internet. I will try to put a link to a good one i use on this page.
This was a simple example for a straight forward mix.The E-Liquid Calculators on the net are very useful for determining how much of each ingredient you need in your mixes. 
What tools will I need for Mixing ?
For example use10ml Syringes with no needle for the Nicotine Liquid and PG/VG. Use a Different 1ml Syringe with a Needle, for each Flavour you use. Mark each Syringe with a Number for each Flavour you use, and store them with the Needle Cap on after you have washed them well.O r you can store them in a container with a lid and Steriling fluid inside..
You can use Drops for Measuring your Flavors, But if you do you should Count How Many Drops from your Dropper Equals 1ml for Each Ingredient and Set that Number in the E-Liquid Calculator, as all Droppers are Different and the ingredeants in the different Liquids can  make a big difference too.You could use 5ml, 10ml, and 30ml  50ml or even 100ml Plastic Bottles with Dropper Tips to Mix In if it makes the job easier for you. There are many ways to get the job done properly and safely. Find what works best for you and  hopefully this guide helped. 
I know you might feel embarrased to ask someone for help, but honestly we have all been in your position. People are very helpfull and will always help you if you swallow your pride and ask if you are not sure. Good luck with the mixing, you'll find it easy after a few weeks and do it with your eyes closed !!! Maybe not :) Try using this mixing calculator 
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