In this video I talk in much detail about how to take a reference or a model, and turning it into a recipe.
From Reference to Recipe: A proven method to get you accurate and delicious recipes, every time.
Turning a reference into a recipe is something that is very vital in the success of your mixes. Having some kind of model to base your recipes on really aids you when creating recipes because you can line up and translate flavor profiles much easier. This method is specifically aimed for those who understand the process of mixing and have a fair understanding of their flavorings. This is key because you need to have some good notes on your ingredients before using this technique.
WHATS A REFERENCE?
All a reference is, is a model to base your recipe after. This means a real tangible food item. In terms of vapor, usually more dessert type, candy, type flavors will be your choices. But not all references can be made so choose wisely with what you have. Remember we are working with a limited set of flavorings, and not every flavor profile has a GOOD flavoring counterpart…well at least yet. Also, your reference should translate well into vapor. Certain foods rely too much on texture for the flavor, and might not be so good as a vape. Not all reference need to be tangible. References can also be another eliquid, a recipe from a book, or an idea someone has. The only purpose a reference serves is to give you a blueprint of what to expect in the end. Meaning, you should know exactly what you want your recipe to taste like at the end. Creating from reference is different than cloning, where cloning you are strictly trying to match something one to one. A reference is just a blueprint, and deviation from it is not only allowed but encouraged. BUT only if it makes the final recipe better.
OK, I got my reference, now what?
After choosing reference, move on to planning. Tasting references is a very vital step in the process. Make sure to write down every flavor profile you get from the source, and also write down what makes that particular flavor unique in regards to the flavors in contains. So, what makes a banana pudding a pudding, instead of a banana parfait that has the same flavor notes and ingredients, but two completely different flavors. So identifying subtlties in your source is a must. Also, when tasting, break the flavors down into sections. What are the main notes, or the most prominent notes that catch your attention. What are the base notes or the flavors that hold everything together. And what are the back notes, the notes that make whatever your source is, unique to itself. Doing this well is what separates a good palate from a bad one, and takes practice. So try doing this whenever you eat something. Just make a mental note of what the main, base, and back notes are in your head.
Take your damn notes!
Note taking is the most important step. Having great notes will allow you to easily find flavorings that match your profiles. You’ll need great notes on your testing of ingredients, and great notes on the flavor profiles of your references if you want to do this efficiently. If you’re a newer mixer this may be difficult because you won’t have many notes…but you have to start somewhere. Write everything down. Literally everything you taste, think, smell, feel, about a flavoring. Same goes for your reference. Once you gain enough experience, your flavor book will be widely extensive, and will make mixing a breeze. Follow the video for more examples of why notes are the most important thing to a mixer.
You’re ready to start creating a recipe. Get all the flavors that meet the requirements to notes you have. Also get each variant you think might help as well. This means if you taste blueberry, get every blueberry you think might work in the recipe. Create blueprint recipes. Follow the video to understand this step better. You’ll need to create as many as you feel you need. This increases the chances of nailing the recipe in your first batch.
After mixing do initial taste test and take MASSIVE amounts of notes. Try to write as much as you can about what your tasting here. This will help you when you compare your notes after a steep. Which is the next part. After your RECIPE testing put away for steeping. Come back overnight and taste/notes all over again. Come back after 3 – 5 – 7 days with notes on each recipe. Don’t make any drastic changes (unless recipe is terrible from start) until your recipes are at least 1 week steeped. This is because you want the final flavor it settles at before tweaking, due to how the flavor changes in the first week.
Choosing Final Recipe
Tweak recipes until you’re happy with final outcome or if it nails your reference. Get friends advice on flavor (beta testing). This gives you a second look at the flavor and reassures you that your recipe indeed does taste like the reference. This step is important as well, because of how our minds perceive flavor. When working with one recipe so much, you’ll start to train your brain to taste the “reference” even if your recipe is no where close. This is why chefs and cooks use this method. After your friends say it tastes like a reference, then you’re finished. You will 100% have a delicious and ACCURATE recipe to vape forever at pennies on the dollar. Not only that, you’ll have a ton more notes and experience to use in future mixes. This method is truly the most effective method out there and is proven to work every time…though it does take a lot of work. But work is like and vape is life…so that’s life.