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It’s been a pain, but we now have the SSL certs signed and implemented across the site.
Most http:// requests should now resolve on your browsers as https:// but there are still a few we need to tidy up which may loiter about while we root them all out.
Security test results here 🙂 from Qualys SSL LABS
We’ve also upgraded our ecommerce software and we’re trying to get it all integrated with existing content.
Most of it works, but things are a bit out of line or odd looking. Which you are all well used to if you’ve used the site before.
Anyway, you should see a green padlock and the word secure on the left hand end of your browser bars. So you know you’re not going to be, errrr, compromised.
Our Most Eggstravagant Price Eggjustment for Bank Holiday Week! It’s No Yolking Matter.
Instead of sitting down eggshausted after a day out over bank holiday weekend, scrambling your brain watching the usual shit on the telly, Eggs Factor, Doctor Who, (and the tedious Daleggs ‘Eggsterminate!, Eggsterminate!’) , Star Tregg, Eggs Men:Apocalypse, or some Arnold Shwarzenegger film you’ve already seen , why not do what celebrities Yolko Ono, and Eggy Pop (probably) do and relax with a tank of Brother Adam’s Buckfast Bee1, thought to be eggstinct, but now resurreggted and due to reappear as the appoaching [well thought out and proportional] TPD reggulations come into farce. (And we thought Breggsit would deliver us from this evil)
…Eggs Benedict Cummerbund was unavailable for comment.
We’re running low on all our eggsisting nicotine e-liquid stock, and we’ve unearthed the final dreggs of our celebrated first ever ejuice flavour, Brother Adam’s Buckfast Egg (wtf??). Yule (double WTFF??) be eggstatic when you inhale the sweet fragrant , light tobacco based vapour, and as you eggshale the natural, unrefined, locally sourced Buckfast honey coats your palate and has an aromatic depth of sweetness we think is really quite unique.
We’re Going Yolko, down in Eggapulco. Or something.
To celebrate the Bee’s Ressureggtion, (ON THE VERY SAME DATE AS THE BABY JESUS RESURREGGTED himself) O’melette any customer cracking open their wallets and spending over £10 on ejuice from our store, online or in the shop in Eggfastleigh, take a 17ml bottle of Brother Adam’s Eggfast Bee, strictly while stocks last.2 This juice will not offered for retail sale and is not available for purchase in its own right.
Zero nicotine juices and nic shots
Once the eggsisting stock is run down, the offer will end, and then we’ll crack on and the Buckfast Bee will lead the way as we roll out our post TPD, TPD-compliancy-exempt, new format ranges of e-juice. Like all our post TPD products, the Bee will be coming on sale in 3 formats……
- As a highly concentrated flavour concentrate3 for DIY juicemakers
- In 120ml bottles at zero nicotine, ready steeped4 and with 5% eggstra flavour. For lazy DIY’rs who have 50-70% nicotine in storage and just want to throw a few mls in as required and get vaping immediately
- In packs of 4 x 17ml, plus one (for 3mg), two (for 6mg) , three (for 9mg) or even 4 bottles (for 12mg) of ‘nic shot’. Customers may have all 4 flavours the same, or mixed across all ranges. These bottles will be again at zero nicotine and UNDERFILLED, to allow vapers to easily add (NO measurements required) the nic shots according to some VERY SIMPLE (M-egga-lulz) direggtions. 5
Right I’ve probably overegged the pudding here, and certainly fried my brain, probably yours too. I’d best crack on……
Please read the footnotes for more information, and more information will be forthcoming over the following weeks. I’m unlikely to be able to reply to individual questions and enquiries at the moment due to rather chaotic goings on at home, and appreciate those customers who’ve been patient enough to stick with B-Juice. Even though I’m rarely around online to show that appreciation. It’s been a bumpy few months. Even bumpier than the preceding bumpy 12 months or so. Which were somehow even bumpier than the months before them, which we didn’t think was possible.
It’s only because of your support that we are still even in the game, and the next few months will be crucial if we are to carry on making our weird quirky juices for ,generally, vapers of a certain age. (lol, just managed to alienate the few younger customers we did have there)
Thanks for reading, and please don’t steal all my eggselent egg puns and yolks without giving me due credit.
1Buckfast Bee contains 2.5% locally sourced unprocessed unadulterated honey to give it its unique flavour. Honey, as a natural product varies in composition from hive to hive , dependent on climate and season and may contain trace amounts of acetoin, which, at high temperatures may convert to diacetyl. We believe it’s a potential harm, but far less harmful than many juices which contain diacetyl as a flavouring compound, or than a cigarette, which on combustion, releases large amounts of diacetyl. Most vapers will be well aware that the link between popcorn lung and diacetyl has never been satisfactorily proven, and additionally that there has never been a case of popcorn lung attributable to tobacco smoking.
2Only available from stock in 6mg, 12mg, and 18mg strengths. Surprisingly there is more 6mg available than anything else, vapers back in 2014 didn’t really require low strengths. 18Mg/ml was always the first to go. You will not need to request either the free item, or specify the strength. You will receive it automatically, at the strength matching your paid order.
3Our concentrates are probably amongst the most concentrated blended flavours on the UK market, and require dilution at a rate of 1 part in 10. All our concentrates are standardised and 10mls of each concentrate makes 100mls finished juice at our recommended strength. Additionally our handsome 10ml square PET bottles are always filled past the shoulder, and contain approx 12mls of concentrate in most cases. 120Mls finished juice from a 10ml bottle of concentrate. Our Concentrates Go Furthur.
4All of Los Colmeneros , Father Gallons Ruin , Figleys Owd Smokey, Beetlejuice, benefit from a long steep and we now make sure these flavours are steeped for 4 weeks before they leave us. Other flavours, in particular Berry McGuigan and the Sultan from the Value range, and the Count of Del Monte cristo, and to some extent the Golden Child, are , in our opinion, best enjoyed fresh.
5The 17 ml bottles contain the flavour concentrate, and Pg/Vg. Nic shots are 10ml bottles of 20mg/ml, so each bottle contains 200mg nicotine. The nicotine shots supplied will be enough to fill the 17ml bottles, to the recommended strength of flavour, and to the nicotine strength required by the customer. Packs will be sold as follows:
For 3mg/ml, 4 x 17ml bottles, filled to 14.5ml, and a single nic shot.
For 6mg/ml, 4 x 17ml bottles, filled to 12ml, and two nic shots
For 9mg/ml, 4 x 17ml bottles, filled to 9.5ml, and three nic shots.
For 12mg/ml, 4 x 17ml bottles, filled to 7ml, and four nic shots
and due to our highly concentrated flavourings we can even supply for vapers at 18mg/ml. Although in reality these vapers may be better off just going fully DIY
For 18mg/ml, 4 x 17ml bottles, filled to only 2ml, almost pure concentrate, and six nic shots to add 15mls per bottle.
IN ALL CASES, NO MEASUREMENT WILL BE REQUIRED, AND NO WASTAGE OR SURPLUS LIQUID WILL BE PRODUCED. The 4 x 17 ml format allows vapers to mix and match flavours, rather than being tied to buying in large bottles that they may not require.
More information, including pricing, on these new products will be made available over the coming weeks. Pricing will be competitive, as it will need to be, and that is another reason for the 4 x 17ml format, which minimises postage costs. All I can say for certain at the moment is that the base cost will be for the 3mg/ml format, with each extra nic shot being charged at just £1.25 each.
Who Was Brother Adam?
From wikipedia, entry “Buckfast Bee” :
“Brother Adam was inspired about the survival of the Italian × black bee crosses. To be able to control the matings, he started to use the isolated valley of Dartmoor. With no other bees within range, Brother Adam could maintain their genetic integrity and develop desirable traits. Brother Adam investigated various honey bee races and made many long journeys in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, searching for pure races and interesting local stocks.”
I was all ready to write a newsy post about the latest additions to our range of e-juice concentrates, but I’ve been told I ramble on a bit much and people either drift off bored, or just switch off in anger/frustration/confusion
So, instead, I’ve prepared a fully interactive, multimedia, infographic Powerpoint style presentation, which contains all the relevant info, clearly, without all the flannel. Fasten your seatbelts, welcome to the future.
Everything should be crystal clear.
Value Range Concentrates
In addition, Berry McGuigan, and The Sultan are the first two of a small selection of e-juice concentrates from the Value range of e liquids, these also go on sale on Monday, 27th, not 24th as stated in the feature presentation above.
The majority, but not all of, the Los Colmeneros range will also be going on sale soon, hopefully in the first week of April.
Keep your eye on the site during April, we will be having to make a few ‘price adjustments’ as the Night of The Long Knives approaches. These should not be viewed as an incentive to purchase, it’s not a sale, and they are not discounts.
We’ve already made one such adjustment, if you purchase £40 of juice, you can have a Wotofo Conqueror for a tenner. The
discount will come off adjustment will be made automatically once you’ve added it to your cart. And the discount price adjustment made for purchases of 2, 3 or 4 bottles of ejuice is still valid with that offer revised pricing schedule.
Stock Control (the Bane of My Life)
There have been a few delays recently, we’re trying to monitor stock levels and get remaining stocks of juice with nicotine already added all clear, it does mean that sometimes there will be a delay, and sometimes you will find part of your order substituted. Where this has happened we do try to match the strength and flavour profile as closely as possible, and the substituted items are always of a higher value, or a greater quantity, or both than your original order.
We can only apologise for the delays, which in some cases have been unacceptably long, please be assured that most of your orders do get dispatched same or next day, and it#s something we’re looking at improving. It’s down poor organisation on my part, and a stupidly chaotic family life at the moment. Still.
We’re having a final stock check over the weekend, and there are one or two very special items which will either raise a smile, or an eyebrow maybe, coming this way soon. Stock levels on the site will be checked on Sunday/Monday, so by Tuesday I imagine they will be all over the place again.
You will also start to see the new format juices coming onto the site over the next few weeks,
Here’s your Christmas messages and info I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for. We’ll start on a high note, and go downhill from thereon. Which is about how 2016 has panned out.
As it’s Christmas, we thought it was time to give you something you’ve been asking for. For quite some time now.
The perennially festive Father Gallon is pleased to announce that the e liquid concentrate of the ejuice named after him is now available to order in store.
E juice Steeping Guide for Vapers
An Introduction To Steeping E Liquids
Steeping , as far as vapers need to know, is the process by which their ejuice is aged. This applies whether their e liquid is bought from a local vape store or online, or even made by themselves, or a friend at home, DIY style.
The steeping process is comparable to, although a lot simpler and less time consuming than, the way that winemakers age wine in the barrel, or lay down bottles to continue aging, while preferring some vintages to be enjoyed fresh, crianza. Brewers too value the process of cask conditioning, or bottle conditioning, as an essential part of the brewing process. Arguably more important than the initial mixing and fermentation processes.
Any beer, wine, or ejuice, can be enjoyed straight , with no aging whatsoever. No detriment to health, or risk of poisoning, or injury. But you wouldn’t be getting the product in the condition the producer intends it to be enjoyed. You wouldn’t be getting the best out of it.
Steeping, in terms of flavour:
- ensures the flavours are well mixed throughout the juice, with no layers of flavours, or layers of over or underconcentrated flavour.
- It usually rounds out the flavours and many blended juices containing multiple flavours could clatter and jangle on the palate without a good steep.
- In some cases it also allows the development of further flavour, or gives a completely different character to the juice.
- Some flavours may lose out and fade away in the steeping process. In a blend this can dramatically alter the overall flavour profile. A single flavoured juice may seem a bit weak, insipid.
- Ambient conditions will affect the process, steeping should take place in a cool, dark, well ventilated area. Too much light and heat will cause accelerated steeping, and over darkening of the juice.
It also changes the colour of the juice, as the oxidisation process which began at the initial mixing stage on exposure to air adds colour to the initially clear, opaque, or light straw to pale honey coloured juices.
It is important to note that not all e juices improve with steeping. The process while it will enhance some flavours, can diminish others, and , as stated this changes the overall character. And it’s very subjective. What, to some vapers, tastes better, may to others taste worse. So it’s in the hands of the producer to decide what is the optimum time to enjoy each juice at its best. The producer plays very much a Man from Del Monte type role.
Citrus Based Ejuices
(*not all straight citrus, but they have similar steeping characteristics and considerations.)
Cold Pressed Lime
In our Bucky Value range there are a number of straight ‘citrus’ juices.
The Strawman, LemLimeAde, Fuji Apple, Lychee, Mango and Sour Apple, all retain their bite throughout steeping. Surprisingly, the Sour Apple even fares well,with the zing still evident 6 months on. While LemLimeAde also keeps its sharpness, and it still manages to retain the two citrus flavours distinct from each other.
Colour change in these juices is minimal, and these flavours produce deep lime-tinged yellows to light golden honey tones, translucent rose pinks , attractive colours. The steeping process doesn’t diminish the citrus characteristic, as there are no rich tannin type flavours, or sweet caramelly tones to overpower it.
These flavours retain their ‘pop’:
- while mixed in combination with other pg based flavourings in concentrate form.
- Steeped with the VG/PG base, nicotine and other citrus flavours .
What this means is that fresh e juice blends depending on these flavours will show a full citrus element at the beginning of the aging process. After steeping, ejuice consisting of just citrus flavour profiles will retain the overall profile, with little apparent muting.
Blended juices with a citrus element
The following notes apply when mixed in a blend with VG/PG base, nicotine and other non-citrus flavours .
It’s in the case of citrus based blends that steeping has a more profound effect . The ‘pop’ ,initially, will become muted. And then the citrus aspect as a whole becomes muted, sometimes only a hint of the initial punch remains.
Citruses, when introduced as an element in a blend, need to be treated rather differently to other ﬂavours. Some of the following points are applicable to all e juice blends, not just citrus ones:
- Citrus notes take a secondary role after steeping.
- The astringency blends and becomes initially a background before disappearing altogether .
- The main change in the astringency takes place from 2-8 weeks after mixing.
- The colour after steeping can vary from almost clear, through to straw/pale yellow, through to a deep chocolate brown. Higher nicotine will also darken most ejuices, but it’s apparent even in zero nic juices.
- The process continues although the rate of subjective change to ﬂavours slows right down, as does the colour change, at about 8 weeks.
Bucky Value Range
The juices in the Value Range mainly affected by this are:
When mixed gives a predominantly fruity inhale, with depth from the perfumed blackberry, and some sharpness from the blueberry and raspberry. After an 8 week steep the juice becomes more biased to the menthol/anise aspect. It is still recognisable as a fruit/menthol blend, but the menthol/anise coolness is there as the predominant flavour.
Also containing sweet, perfumed blackberry is affected in a similar way, with both the blackberry and apple aspects, right at the fore initially, becoming less significant. Like Berry Mcguigan, and The Count of del Monte Cristo, the steeped and unsteeped versions are likely to appeal to different people.
The Sultan, a Special Case
From the Bucky Value line The Sultan is a special case, in that steeping transforms it into a distinctly different juice to its unsteeped incarnation. The juice, on mixing , retains the seperate flavours of the yoghurt, the lemon, and the cardamom with the pistachio and almond adding a background creaminess. Its a light ejuice not only in the colour, clear for the first two weeks, with a zestiness,a sweetness and a creamy nutty velvety smooth depth, and if anything the cardamom is the dominant overtone.
After just four weeks, a rather different Sultan starts to show its face, a darker, faintly chocolatey spiced rich cake or brownie. And in 6 weeks the predominant flavour profile is resoundingly…chocolate. And its a pretty good chocolate at that. Customers looking for a chocolate e liquid in the shop have been offered a sample of the Sultan, steeped, and invariably been satisfied.
From 6-8 weeks the Sultan goes into the final stages of its transformation to a deep spiced dark chocolate. With the colour to match. Side by side you’d never believe they were the same juice.
In our classic ejuice range Beetlejuice,and the Count of del Monte Cristo are most affected by this.
when freshly mixed is almost dominated by two types of zingy lime. Within days it starts to retreat, and the earthy perique comes to the fore , and the absolute starts to spread its wings, initially tempering the lime zest, and eventually taming it to a supporting undertone, which lifts the rich tobacco juice and adds a hint of rounded sweetness. Colour change is slow, from very pale straw coloured, to a darker golden straw finishing tone.
relies heavily on the zing of fresh pineapple in the freshly mixed blend. After 2 weeks of steeping the zing is tempered, and after 6-8 weeks the pineapple itself (along with the other two citrus type fruit elements) has become a mild hint, and melds instead with the caramel, to really give an interesting edge to a very accessible tobacco e liquid. After this change the caramelised tobacco takes on a deeper richer RY4 kind of flavour, with a heavy lean towards desserty, biscuity, almost finding a ‘custard’ type note in there.
Both of these e juices retain their character, and are clearly recognisable as the same juice, with a couple of subtle differences. Some regular customers don’t seem to have a preference, others enquire whether their preferred choice is available. Personally I prefer the steeped Beetle to the fresh, the longer steeped the better, and the Count I like at about weeks 2-5, while the pineapple remains distinct.
In our humble opinion,these superb nuanced tobaccos just get better and better. All contain a tobacco absolute booster, between 0.1 %and 0.8% of the finished juice and all are made up from only tobacco flavours. The absolute develops and matures and constantly holds the flavours together, keeping them very true to their intent, but somehow feeding and enriching the whole, really making something even more satisfying. Steep away, vape on delivery, it’s really just a case of personal taste.
The steeping process is slow with these, the initial four weeks steep gives the colour change and the shift from ‘green’ raw edged flavours, into a rounded , sweet , very real cured tobacco vape.
As with all our ejuices , Los Colmeneros are always bottled after steeping , in this case 4 weeks for all blends in the range. If you require freshly mixed, put it in the order notes, and we’ll send you a bottle of Crianza. 🙂 . Although we’d prefer you to wait, the first four weeks don’t give enough time for the flavours to develop.
Steeping EJuice then is sometimes almost a necessity, while some blended ejuices are better with a minimal steeping time. We think it’s something to take seriously. We need to ensure vapers, our customers at any rate, are getting the best from their juices. They must have the information to make an informed choice before purchase.
New options on sale
The following juices will now be available to purchase to your own spec. All will be available either steeped, or freshly made. Freshly made juices will be mixed in batches on a Thursday or Friday, for despatch the following Monday. Steeped juices will be minimum 4 weeks steeped.
- The Count of Del Monte Cristo,
- Berry McGuigan,
- The Sultan
Additionally, 4 of these 5 juices are now available as concentrates, and if you’re really after the very freshest B-Juice, DIY mixing is the way to go. BlappleCrum is to be released in the next batch of concentrates to go on sale.
All our concentrates are standardised to be mixed at 1 part in 10, so a 10ml bottle, when mixed with 90mls of PG/VG/nicotine, will produce 100mls of ready to vape, or steep if you prefer, B-Juice.
See for Yourself
Try one of our special tester packs, 2 x 10ml bottles for £5, including delivery, containing a steeped bottle, and a fresh bottle,of either Berry McGuigan, The Sultan, The Count of Del Monte Cristo, or BlappleCrum.
£5 for 2 x 10mls B-Juice
Inlcudes ££ cashback*
Each purchase comes with a voucher for £2.50 off any 50ml bottle of ejuice.
Which version do you prefer?
*cashback issued as a £2.50 store credit for use against any juice purchase.
The Pharaoh Dripper Tank,
On Sale at B-Juice today.
On sale at £30.99 the Pharaoh dripper tank is made by Digivape, a new sub brand from Geekvape. Rip Trippers also had some input with Digivape, and it’s being sold as by Rip and Digiflavour.
Some great features, some new features, and we’ll report back once we’ve had a good look at and road tested them ourselves.
In the meantime , if you’re quick you might grab one of our first delivery of the Digivape Pharaoh RDTAs, but if not,the next batch will be arriving here in about a week’s time