If this is just a bit too far out of scope, let me know and I will delete it.
Here’s my perspective over time of this ‘steeping’ thing. When I began mixing in 2015, of course I was like everyone else- knowing that it took time for the juice to mature, but wishing there was a faster way. All internet searching told me the same thing, with different reasons: Time, Father Time, is the only way to get a mature profile. Some said it was due to the needed oxidation, some mentioned homogenization, but all said there was no other way to achieve it.
So, when I got better at this vaping/mixing thing and began to guide and advise others, I too taught the same page from the book. “Sorry guys, but it just takes time”.
Then I learned that it was not oxidation that helped juices mature (which is actually an enemy of juice and not a friend), but it was instead the grand atrophy of the resistance of molecular integration (I know that’s a dumb way to say it but it sounds nifty to me. Of course I mean homogenization) that leads to the disparate components of the juice coming together that ultimately produces the ‘steeped’ result.
So, I began saying, and still do today, that YES you can get a juice to maturity instantly using mechanical means, and avoid the time steeping element. However, it is not cost effective for a casual DIY mixer.
And soon, thanks to your research and development, I will be able to say “You bet you can have instantly ready juice! All you need is a modestly priced bit of kit.”
And frankly, once this high shear methodology makes its’ way into the collective conscious of the DIY community, I sense a revolution. Because- No longer will one need to wait on 5 different % tests of an SFT. No longer will one have to wait to see if a recipe needs tweaking. No longer will one have to wait to see if the tweaking was sufficient. You can SFT several %'s, build a recipe, test it, tweak it, and finalize it in a day if you felt like it, rather than months. Were that available to me when I started mixing, it would have changed the mixer I am today, I guarantee it.
So, thanks to you, @Guitarded, for your relentless work. And thanks to you, @SmilingOgre, for spreading the word. Did I mention I love this?