Re: Thinking my hookah might be dead..
Sounds like too much heat to me. Nakhla does this with too much heat, AF does this with any heat, Starbuzz does this with too much heat, tangiers especially does this with too much heat/bad pack.
I know you're not a noob, I promise. Sometimes the climate changes and relative humidity really mess with your coals and tobacco.
Unless there is a serious problem, the hookah is not causing this.