- Created: 21 June 2015
Looking for the perfect custard led me to DIY when I wasn't finding what I was looking for in a commercial vape. There is a Grant's Vanilla Custard clone recipe on the web that by all accounts is right on the money. So that's where I started.
The recipe uses Capella's Vanilla Custard, and you have a choice between original or v2. The original is probably packed with extra tasty diacetyl, and the v2 reformulation is diacetyl free.
My personal stance on diketones in eliquid is not to worry. The worst case scenario of course is terminal, irreversible popcorn lung. Commercial cigarettes are far higher in diketone concentration than any eliquid, and to date I believe that the only confirmed diacetyl related cases of popcorn lung were contracted by workers in a microwave popcorn factory and one weirdo who was so addicted to microwave popcorn that he used to inhale the aroma right out of the bag regularly. Their exposure to diacetyl was much, much higher than would ever be possible from smoking tobacco or vaping eliquid.
It's good to know the risks, it's good to know what's in your juice, but in my opinion there really isn't anything to worry about vaping this stuff. We'll know for sure when a few years have gone by with people sub ohming these flavorings at a higher rate of ml/day, but as things stand right now I don't find any cause for concern. I totally endorse your right to vape or avoid flavorings with diketones, but at the present time I find no reason to advocate against their use. Know what you're vaping and make your own informed decision.
Today I am going to review the Grant's Vanilla Custard Clone recipe using Capella's Vanilla Custard v1, which is the "unsafe" version of the flavoring. Let's take this 3 month old juice into The Lab and see what comes to light. First, the recipe:
I will be vaping this 2.5mg 27PG/73VG juice in one of my Cthulhu's with a dual 0.26 build at 35w on my BMI. I keep coming back to straight 26ga. Twisted gunks up too fast IMO. 2mm 26ga builds are not only good for tanks with small build decks, in my experience 2mm coils give the best flavor. I've got loads of 24ga and various gauges of twisted, but I always come back to straight 26ga. For wicking, always rayon.
The nose of this juice is butter-y vanilla in an egg-y cream. It's just perfect.
The flavor on inhale is less saturated but exhibits very, very good core satisfaction. Going in it's straight custard instead of individual elements, but the attraction here is how satisfying the vape is.
The flavor on exhale is where the flavors bloom. At 17% flavorings the flavor is dense, rich and saturated. It's all here, butter, egg, vanilla, cream. It is far eggier than any commercial custard I've vaped. In fact it's so rich it's probably not going to qualify as an all day every day vape for most. But if you are looking for an outstanding custard that puts the commercial variants to shame, you've found it here. Vapor production is thick, as you would expect at 73% VG.
I find this better in an rta than a dripper. In this case I really don't think the extra power and airflow does anything for this juice. At 35w with a low build in a small chamber the flavors are just oozing out of the drip tip.
This is my benchmark traditional custard. If I want something that tastes like the custard my grandmother used to make, this is the one. How does it compare to the v2 version? I couldn't do without either, and they're two different vapes altogether. For me, the v2 version is a perfect flan with its burnt sugar caramel forward presentation, and it's also my ADV. I just find the flavor of that version really appealing and it never wears on me. I mix both of these in 480ml to 1 liter batches so that I always have varying aged supplies ready to go from deep storage to the daily cabinet.
You can decrease the amount of custard flavoring in this to your preference, and it's also a perfect base to add top notes to. Graham cracker, egg nog, butter, brown sugar, whatever your heart desires. Or vape it as is, because it really doesn't need anything else.
Between the two versions of this recipe I'm done looking for the perfect custard. These are it. I'll keep working with small additions to tweak it into something I can call my own, but so far my experiments haven't yielded anything better than the recipe above. Very highly recommended if you love custard vapes.