Re: Thinking my hookah might be dead..
I had trouble with my hookah which is comparable to yours. In all honesty, with respect to AF shisha, you really have to add ice to the base and keep low heat on it or it will be harsh no question about it. I am not a noob either, but I have had the tendency to want to overheat my shisha and that will cause the harshness every time. My suggestion would be to stop using quick lights, I know they are easy and "quick" but I have a scratchy throat nearly every time I use them.