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Published on June 20th, 2013 | by scarf-ace

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How to Brew Your Own Tobacco E-liquids

Hi, I’m Scarf-Ace, and I’m an E-liquid addict.

Well, of course I’m an addict. That’s why I vape. But I love trying new juices, figuring out the shades of flavor, comparing it to other juices, and so on. Probably my favorite category of E-liquids is NETs, or natural extracted tobaccos. That is, juices that are flavored with tobacco extracted by the maker. It does NOT mean juices that are flavored with tobacco absoute, which is a commercial product designed originally for the fragrance industry. Tobacco absolute (TA) is an extremely potent and resinous liquid. Adding it judiciously to liquids gives a leafy, greenish, ashy taste that can be mighty convincing. Unfortunately, it usually isn’t used judiciously, and juices with an excess of TA can often taste like you’re gnawing on a plank of wood.

NET produces an E-liquid that usually brings to mind a fine pipe or cigar tobacco, rather than a cigarette. It is not (usually) a burning taste. On ECF’s E-liquid forums, about once a week a new vaper will post a topic such as “What tastes exactly like a Marlboro/Camel/Dunhill/etc.?” The correct answer, unfortunately, is “nothing”. No E-liquid, when vaporized, will give you the exact same sensation and taste as burning tobacco. However, you can get a fair approximation by vaping NET, and if you are a tobacco lover (not merely an ex-smoker), you will find a whole world opened up to you when you explore NETs.

Some of the most popular vendors of NET e-liquids include Heather’s Heavenly Vapes, Ahlusion, WantVape, House of Liquid, The Plume Room, Mountain Oak Vapors, Goodejuice, and QuickNicJuice. However, if you want to try DIYing some yourself, it’s not as difficult as you might think.

Here is what you will need:

A slow cooker (yard sales and thrift shops are excellent sources)
A good-quality pipe tobacco, RYO tobacco, or cigar. This cannot be emphasized enough. Don’t try disemboweling your leftover cigarettes for this…the result will be nauseating. Most cigarettes contain nasty additives that we switched to vaping to avoid.
A pack of unbleached paper coffee filters
A funnel
Several coffee mugs or mason jars
Disposable latex gloves
Propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine
Unflavored nicotine liquid

1. Chop the cigar into fine shreds, or shred the tobacco. You will want about 15mg, or about the amount in one Churchill-sized cigar. Place in a mug or jar.
2. Cover the tobacco with 60mls of PG, VG, or your preferred combination. Mix until an ugly sludge forms.
3. Place the mug in a slow cooker which you have half-filled with water.
4. Cover the slow cooker and cook on “low” overnight.
5. In the morning, turn the cooker off and let the sludge sit and cool. Some condensation will enter the sludge: this is normal and desirable.
6. Repeat steps 4-5 for two more nights. Your sludge should be dark and fragrant by this point.
7. Place a funnel over a tall jar. Line the funnel with a paper coffee filter.
8. Strain the sludge through the coffee filter. It may be necessary to put on a disposable latex glove and squeeze handfuls of the wet leaves. This is gross, but if you are in the right frame of mind, also kind of fun. ;)
9. Repeat step 8 at least 3 more times. If you have used a high proportion of VG in your extraction, this will take longer. It is not unusual for an all-VG extraction to take days to strain through the filter. The more you strain, the fewer particulates will remain to clog your atomizer.

You now have approximately 60 mls of high-quality tobacco flavoring concentrate. The nicotine content is minimal, possibly 2-3 mg/ml.

10. Dilute this concentrate as desired with unflavored nicotine juice. If you are math-challenged, there are several E-liquid calculators on the web to help you with proportions. A good starting point is 20% flavoring, but depending on your preferred flavor strength, you might like it as high as 50%.
11. Decant, shake, and age for two weeks or as long as desired.

CONGRATULATIONS! You have made your very own artisan NET juice. Vape and enjoy!

Lead photo by Chad Stockfleth

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About the Author

Sasha aka Scarf-ace is a passionate vaper. Born and raised in New York City, she currently lives in Canberra, Australia, with her husband and two idiot cats. Favorite vaping paraphernalia include a Provari Mini, Reo Mini, Vmod 2.0, and several Smoktech Winders. She has a weakness for silk scarves (hence the name), fragrance, books, pizza, opera, and Henrik Lundquist of the New York Rangers.



  • http://www.vapesquad.com/ Trick

    Welcome to the squad, Scarf-Ace!

    Anyone reading this: I’ll gladly vouch for her system for extracting NETs… I learned how to do it from her a while back, and you can get some really amazing juices this way. Some of my favorite juices are ones I make myself using Scarf’s slow-cooker method.

    • Derek Hackett

      Since you have used this method. How sure are you that the nicotine level is only 2-3mg. I have a Tobacco extract using this metohd but I’m nervous about using it. I would like to know what happened to the nicotine. thanks

      • http://www.vapesquad.com/ Trick

        I can’t be sure of the nicotine level, and in fact when I mix my own juices I treat the tobacco extract as flavoring, and assume for the purposes of measuring that there is no nicotine at all.

        If I was selling the stuff I’d probably test it to see how much there really is, but for my purposes I’m not that picky. I can assure you that if there’s any nicotine in the extract, it’s not much.

      • Matt Palmatier

        Nicotine is extremely sensitive to light and heat and breaks down very easily. My guess is that the continuous heating would make the nicotine content extremely marginal. The classic anecdote is that chemically extracting nicotine from a typical cigar would produce enough to kill you. That gives you an idea about how much nicotine is actually broken down during combustion of tobacco (i.e., most of it).

  • http://www.facebook.com/vapesquaddotcom Vape Squad

    Scarf and her slow-cooker are what got me started with DIY. This is some good stuff.

    • peter

      im from bayridge brooklyn………………lets go rangers

  • Clevervape

    Check out Clevervape’s Nostalgia..tobacco extraction at its finest!

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  • Mr.Mann

    Hello, Scarf.

    • scarf-ace

      Hi Mr Mann!

  • https://aviatorclub.com/ John Hallal

    Sounds like a great DIY, Scarf-Ace. Will have to give this a try soon. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://rpad.tv/ RPadTV

    Scarfy’s e-liquids are awesome! I’m vaping some as I type…well, more like in between phrases.

  • travis

    How much tobacco is 15mg?

  • sam

    can this method be used to extract flavors from other material also?

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  • Derek Hackett

    I have a tobacco extract using this method but are you sure there is only 2-3mg of nicotine. What happened to the nicotine as it boiling point is very very high? Thanks

  • Ben

    “You will want about 15 mg, or about the amount in one Churchill-sized cigar”

    I’m assuming you meant 15 grams, not milligrams?
    15 mg will be roughly half a tee spoon or there about.

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