If ur just giving the stem a rinse it shouldn't affect the smoke at all. After all, you are drawing the smoke through a vase full of liquid, whats a few drops more going to do?
But if you've already cleaned it before putting it away there really isn't a need to rinse it before using it. Unless it's been sitting for quite some time and open and you just want to rinse away any small traces of dust that might have settled in there. Otherwise, rinse away if you wish. Won't harm anything. Smoke happy.
Originally Posted by poyoloco
I wash mine after every hookah session. Just a habit of mine to do. After reading some of the posts on this thread is it safe to give your stem a rinse right before using it? Like would the left over water in the stem affect the smoke at all?