- Created: 10 May 2015
The search for the perfect custard vape always had to end here. I've vaped a lot of custards in the last few months. I've enjoyed many of them, been disappointed by more, but never vaped one that I felt was perfect.
I've never vaped Grant's Vanilla Custard, but it's so well regarded and the consensus appears to be that the clone recipe on the internet is right on the money that the first step I took on the DIY path of this quest was to make this clone. I've made this recipe several times now. I wanted to try it exactly per the recipe using both v1 and v2 of Capella's Vanilla Custard, and then I wanted to perfect it to my own tastes using those as my starting point and adding other elements. I've made a couple of variations so far, and neither attempt has produced a juice that was as good as the standard recipe. Maybe it can't be improved upon, but I have a couple more ideas I'd like to try before I throw in the towel.
If you've never made your own juice before it can seem daunting. It isn't. You can start with as little as a glass syringe, a graduated cylinder and some amber glass bottles. If you end up liking DIY you can add more equipment. As far as the results, DIY can give you juice that you think is way better than any commercial eliquid, and it can also seem at times that you just can't get a recipe dialed in. You will develop a feel for recipes that will pan out and those that won't, and after a little time tweaking ok recipes into great ones won't seem like magic, because you will be familiar with your ingredients and have a good idea what components in what quantities are going to give you what you are looking for, just like in the kitchen. Not everyone will be patient enough to master DIY, but those of you who persevere will be vaping top notch juice to the tune of about $15/liter.
This is the first time I've done a DIY juice review, and for every one of these I do I am going to post the recipe exactly as I made it for the juice I am evaluating. Every juice will sit for 30 days before I do a written review, because in my experience these custards change quite a bit during the first four weeks.
This is an easy one. Only two flavorings involved. tfa ddl= TFA Dulce de Leche, and cap vc v2= Capella's Vanilla Custard v2. Capella's Vanilla Custard v1 contains acetoin, which may catalyze into diacetyl. There is a lot of concern over diacetyl in flavorings in regards to vaping, so kudos to Capella's for reformulating reduced risk versions of flavors that contain acetoin. As far as I know, no one has ever got popcorn lung from vaping, and cigarettes apparently contain far more diacetyl than any vape, and no one, as far as I know, has ever got popcorn lung from smoking cigarettes. I use both of these Capella's flavorings, I know the potential risks, and I'm not worried. I appreciate flavoring makers that test and pass on the results of their testing so that we all can make our own informed decisions.
This juice was mixed on April 3. I will be vaping it today in a Lemo 2 with a 0.78 ohm twisted 28ga 3mm build at 30w on my Hcigar HB DNA 40.
The nose of this juice is a little chemical-y and perfume-y. I smell both of these flavorings on their own and they have their own distinct aromas. I think the unique smell is from the two together. Once you smell it you may recognize it from a commercial custard you've vaped. Casey Jones Mainline Reserve custard especially smells similar. I also get a strong and delicious smelling burnt sugar. The overall smell of the juice at 5 weeks is promising, disregard the chemical-y first impressions, that lessens the more you smell it.
The flavor on inhale has a sugar-y sweetness to it with a hint of caramel. Core satisfaction is fantastic. This is why I vape custards, they have all the satisfying vape-y goodness that I used to seek in tobacco vapes. Very good chest hit.
The flavor on exhale is where this one opens up. I get a distinct burnt sugar caramel from this. It is exactly like the flan I buy at the Mexican bakery. There is vanilla, cream, a hint of butter, and a subtle egg-y richness that is so appealing to me in a custard vape. Vapor production is plentiful, as you would expect from a max VG juice.
This recipe, using Capella's Vanilla Custard v2, tastes exactly like flan to me. When I make flan at home I use whole eggs instead of just the yolks, and the resulting custard is stiffer, less creamy and a little less rich than the traditional grandma style custard or Creme Brulee. I personally love flan, so this juice using this custard flavoring missing the traditional custard mark and hitting the flan bullseye instead does not disappoint me one bit. The flavor, at 17%, is full, juicy and saturated. I never, ever feel like this juice is too much or too little. In a tank I feel that a 3mm coil mutes flavor somewhat but offers much better wicking properties, so for me this recipe has the perfect amount of flavoring to offset that loss of flavor. In any event, you could always adjust the percentages down for your tastes.
To date this is the best custard I've vaped. I get a richness and fullness of flavor I've found missing in all of the commercial custards I've vaped. It's a keeper for me and I'll be mixing up a 120ml bottle of this every week or two so that there is always an aged supply of it on hand. You can vape this as is or take it, tweak it and make it your own by adding other flavors. I heartily recommend this recipe, it is an outstanding custard vape and if you love flan this is perfect IMO.