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Old December 21st, 2009, 09:01 PM
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Hey i'm new to hookah, tonight was my first bowl (Saalaam spiced chai, not bad....) how do i know when my bowl is finished? Any change in smoke or taste? Indications?
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Old December 21st, 2009, 09:01 PM
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Usually it will start tasting burnt and not as much smoke output.
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Old December 21st, 2009, 09:07 PM
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cool thanks
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Old December 21st, 2009, 09:08 PM
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i definitely agree with bradedup its good, got the spiciness to it.
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Old December 21st, 2009, 09:10 PM
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yeah when the smoke is as thick as cigarette smoke it's kinda done. either that or your coals r spent. if ure coals r alive n well but the smoke is still feeble its done.
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Old December 21st, 2009, 09:41 PM
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Tell me about this bowl, i had aluminum foil and 2 quick light coals but this is whats left. Educate me please.




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Old December 21st, 2009, 11:08 PM
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looks like somebody laced your shisha with hard drugs
not really
that stuff is just ash. i dont think that is finished, you will normally tell when its finished when all you can really taste is the coal, a very bland kinda gross smoky flavour
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Old December 21st, 2009, 11:15 PM
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are you smoking soex? What brand it that?
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Old December 21st, 2009, 11:28 PM
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i always know cause the smoke clouds die out some and it taste like plain burning tobacco
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Old December 21st, 2009, 11:36 PM
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That is Salaam Spiced Chai when the bowl is spent all the contents should be black the white ash is from the coals. the middle portion was a touching the foil that is why it is black. That bowl is far from being spent. Invest in a Wind cover and move the coals around to get a more even cooking of the tobacco (bagasse in this case) Look in the how to section at the videos of heat management and the ashing and flipping of coals to extend your session.
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 12:46 AM
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Yea, it still had some life left to it, basically do 2 layers of regular foil or 1 layer of HD foil with holes covering the entire sheet with a circular spiral pattern, and the middle being black could indicate the aluminum touching it or the coal was too close to the middle. But after u do a 2 quicklight rotation with that size bowl u could prolly go another half hour or more with a couple more quicklights. When its done the smoke should wisp away and start losing flavor, hope this helps!
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 01:06 AM
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Wow, you guys are great. Thanks for all the information. I will take a look at the videos section.

Thanks again!
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 01:19 AM
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man you could put a couple more coals on there and keep on smoking
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 01:30 AM
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Definitely all about the rotation of coals. Looks like you placed the coal in the middle of the bowl and left it, which means you probably started getting harsh smoke after 30 mins or so. Start at the edge and move it around every 15mins or so, that way it will burn everything evenly and the coal won't be in one spot enough to burn just the top. Also what B4TheRush said about the space between the shish and the foil, too close = BURN. The tobacco looks a little dryer than most too, more heat sensitive?
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 01:46 AM
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I notice a slight burnt taste when my bowls are just about done.
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i would also suggest either making smaller holes or investing in some natural coals (or ******* Hookah Quicklights) because the ash will not get into the shisha as much.

try **********.com for some coals.
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poke the shisha with your finger. If it's still a bit moist then keep smoking!
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i would also suggest either making smaller holes or investing in some natural coals (or ******* Hookah Quicklights) because the ash will not get into the shisha as much.

try **********.com for some coals.

Quoted for truth. Big holes sucking in ashes from the coals leads to nasty flavor!
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 12:27 PM
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poke the shisha with your finger. If it's still a bit moist then keep smoking!
Yea just give that molten shisha a little pokey-poke with the ol' finger there... j/k faded...

I find Saalaam does a better job of letting you know its done than most brands, it's flavor IMO doesn't have a linear fall-off, its like an exponential drop so at some point it just stops having flavor and ur done... (That bowl you got there's got about 20-30 more minutes on it tho)
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 01:13 PM
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I can always tell that the bowl is dust when it starts to taste burnt, and i get a slight tickle in my throat on the inhale.
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