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Giving credit where credit is due this recipe is derived from Strawberry Lemonade by JohnMc on ELR. While I like the original recipe I wanted to twist it by adding Cap Double Watermelon (Bull City Flavors) which is a nice mild middle of the road background Watermelon flavor. It helps accentuate the Strawberry while adding a light floral and candy like Watermelon flavor to the vape. I also added Cap Super Sweet because I like my lemonade on the sweet side. Plus the addition of WS-23 (30% concentrate from ecigExpress) gives it that nice icy coolness. Just to be clear the Lemonade flavor is actually called Flavor West Natural Lemonade. This one of my favorite Summer ADVs.
Complex construction with 10 ingredients, carefully blended together to create the satisfaction of a soft baked shortbread cookie, cream and fresh strawberry filled - mmmmmhhhh!
Although it was not my intention to do so this recipe seems to be very close to the Jammie Dodgems by Just Jam. They need to be more buttery so i will try to add some. And the strawberries could be just a bit jammier.
After trying several different clone/remix recipes out there, I have finally come to the conclusion that the most important pieces are these 3 components and you can build from there.
4.5% Cereal 27 (Cap) - This is your bread
5% Golden Butter (Cap) - This is your butter obviously
4% Sweet Strawberry (Cap) - Your Main Strawberry note
Bring in AP at 0.5% and you've got a bit more nuttiness to your bread. Want an even better bread? Add 0.15% of Joy (FA). You're pretty damn close right here and this is a very vapeable recipe.
Now here is the catch, we know that with these 3 main components, we do not get a dark brown caramel look to the juice, and we know the original is definitely a brown tint. That could be the steeping process, but its likely that there is something more going on here. So if we look back at Waynes remix, the Strawberry Jam with Toast has that nice dark color we see present in Jam Monster. So it would only make sense that this is added to lift the bread rather than using the AP and Joy and also make the strawberry more jam like. Ive seen chatter around the web about Cranberry Sauce being in all of the Jam Monster series to give that nice jammy flavor, but I cant seem to find it. Strawberry Sweet on its own is close but starts to hide in the cereal and butter, so we need to bring it back with RF Strawberry, and then lift the toast with the Strawberry Jam/Toast from RF
So if we add 2% RF Strawberry and 2% Strawberry Jam w/ Toast, we start to get that nice strawberry and the dark golden color of the juice.
This will get us closer to the desired color, but i haven't had a chance to fully experiment.
Either way, remember what Wayne says, think simple. The three main ingredients, to me, are very very close to the original and its all CAP. As a business, that would make more sense financially to build the recipe off these three main components.
Would love any feedback!
A little test in creating something that isn't based on anything else, just working with a mess of bright and full flavoured concentrates. Furthermore, this is one of the best recipes I've created that has a real sense of customization to it. Change percentages, add other things, omit certain things, and you'll be left with something good because of how accepting and versatile FW Beetle Juice can be. I implore you to create your own versions of this and share it, I'd love to see what you can make.
FW Beetle Juice - I've used this one a lot before, but usually as an accent to give other fruits a boost. Here, I'm using it as one of the main profiles, because it's a rather complex standalone that ALMOST doesn't need help to be tasty for a new mixer. However, Beetle Juice is crazy with the top note, where you get a whole lot of punch to the tastebuds, but not a lot of lingering body. This is sweet as hell, with the main flavours noticed being some sweet pineapple, maybe a little bit of generalized citrus, and maybe a touch of grape. However, I've seen countless reviews that suggest cherry, orange, and lime. Hence this being the cheat code needed for CaptainCannibal's SHURB clone, an epic saga of a man losing grip with reality over the span of over a year (I believe). Anyway, this is the type of concentrate that no one can really explain correctly, as it has so much going on, that you as the user just need to try it and formulate your own opinion. However, it's damn good, and worth having if you like fruit vapes. For me, as I said, it works wonderfully as our base for this fruit disaster I've created.
TPA Dragonfruit - given that I pick up a lot of sweet pineapple in FW Beetle Juice, using TPA Dragonfruit at 3% just made sense. For dragonfruit shares a lot of the same flavour volatile components to other pineapple concentrates on the market, this allows that pineapple note to become almost more of a super sweet, candied pineapple. TPA Dragonfruit is also used here to act as an emulsifier for the other fruits seen. We already know how well this works to brighten up the strawberries in a mix, and here, it's brightening up everything, and helping Beetle Juice have more body to it.
CAP Juicy Orange / FA Lime Tahity Cold Press - with all of the sweetness going on, we need some counterpoint of citrus that will prevent this from becoming too cloying, however, using the correct citrus is key, as we don't want to make this a tart recipe, but just give some relief from all the sugary goodness. CAP Juicy Orange is perfect for this, as it's got a lot of brightness and the slightest underlying tartness that you get from a typical navel orange. I've used this concentrate whenever I want to create a true orange juice base, and it works perfect here to give that added bit of sweetness, but more importantly, a much needed punch of orange/citrus tang. Paired with just a touch of FA Lime Tahiti CP, we're getting just the slightest hint of lime on the back end, and it helps round out all of the sweetness you get hit with on the top. LTCP is quite versatile, as well. In low doses, you can achieve a nice lime zest/splash of lime juice note, while when you bring it to higher percentages, you get a bit more of a candied lime type of flavour. Play around with this one, see what you like.
CAP Sweet Strawberry - giving us some more juicy/candied accents here, CAP Sweet Strawberry fully rounds out this recipe that's better called a fucked up science experiment of fruits. We aren't getting too much strawberry flavour that is noticeable, instead we're getting just more body that allows this recipe to stand on it's own, even though it isn't trying to be anything in particular. Sweet Strawberry can be used at high percentages to get a true strawberry flavour, but when it's used lower, it adds candied fruit elements and an added touch of sugar. Paired with the pineapple notes, citrus notes, and general mess of candy going on here, CAP Sweet Strawberry just blends it all together, and adds just a kiss of mascerated strawberry flavour.
CAP Super Sweet - OPTIONAL AS FUCK MY DUDE. You already know how I feel about sweeteners, but if you don't, let me educate you. Sweeteners do not fix a recipe. They do not make a shit recipe suddenly taste good. If you don't already have a good recipe, then don't even touch sweetener. Any sweetener is only going to make a good recipe taste slightly better, and here, we get just that. I don't really know if I'm using exactly 0.25%, but I'm mainly adding 2 drops per 30 ml, and just that little bit gives the most pleasant "sugar-lips" accent at the tail end of the vape. You don't need it, however, I think it really does amplify the flavours of this mix.
So that's it. This recipe is great on a shake, and changes over time. I had one bottle sit for over a week, and to be honest, it doesn't taste as good after a week. So mix it in small batches, enjoy it immediately, and move on. After about a week, I was getting a lot of medicinal grape/cherry notes from the FW Beetle Juice that kind of negated a lot of the bright sweetness you get from the shake.
Like I said, mix up your own versions of this. It's very user-friendly, and I truly believe that unless you tried to make this some sort of tobacco or floral profile, you really can't fuck it up. But y'all motherfuckers love to make shit difficult, so maybe you can.
The original creator of this recipe is https://www.reddit.com/user/flamingjoints. Added here for others to use. https://www.reddit.com/r/DIY_eJuice/comments/8g4z5m/may_2018_recipe_thread/
Notes Intended to be used with at least 200mg/15ml, more if you can stand it and can keep the PG ratio high. Add the powdered CBD isolate first to the empty bottle, add the PG and flavorings and wait until fully dissolved. Add VG after. Steep time is 4 days due to the crunch berries flavor.