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Old March 15th, 2010, 12:13 AM
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i'm a total noob btw.....so i'm not even sure if i can describe this taste but its sort of like a chemical/acidic type taste i get when i am smoking my egyptian hookah...

i recently got some AF golden rose and when i smoked it in my hookah..i got this weird chemicl/acidic harsh taste which kinda hurt my throat too..but then i took the AF golden rose over to a buddy's place and smoked it in his small mya...it tasted so pure and ...clean! it was like completely different then what i had tasted in my hookah....!

whats going on? i came home and thoroughly cleaned out my hookah and smoked it again...still the same...

so in my setup... i have an egyptian sphynx hookah ...standard egyptian bowl..i had it going with two starlight coconut naturals and a wind cover..whereas at my buddies place..we just had one quicklight and no wind cover...

is this even possible ?
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Old March 15th, 2010, 12:17 AM
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Foil?
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Old March 15th, 2010, 12:18 AM
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rust in your hose maybe?

or in the stem?
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Old March 15th, 2010, 01:43 AM
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Its either your stem is not totally clean or you used dish soap and didnt clean it off, could be your coals not lit up completely, could be not enough holes in the foil, could be that you didn't double foil, could be that the holes in the foil are too big or not separated nicely, could be that your bowl is not clean, could be your hose not clean, could be your base not clean..... Thats all I can come up with at this point heh. Oh and it could be that you are not separating and sprinkling the tobacco in the bowl and its not burning efficiently, or it be that you're overpacking the bowl thus smoking burnt tobacco. Maybe you should watch some videos on youtube on how to clean your hookah and how to set it up and how to pack your bowl.

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Old March 15th, 2010, 02:19 AM
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Try starting with two coals and wind cover and when you get the slightest *HINT* of that harsh, pull off a coal... that might help
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Old March 15th, 2010, 07:21 AM
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Foil?
Hmmm.. What do you think it is that I am doing wrong with the foil?
One thing that I did feel is that I think my foil is too thin... Does that make a difference?
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Old March 15th, 2010, 07:26 AM
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Its either your stem is not totally clean or you used dish soap and didnt clean it off, could be your coals not lit up completely, could be not enough holes in the foil, could be that you didn't double foil, could be that the holes in the foil are too big or not separated nicely, could be that your bowl is not clean, could be your hose not clean, could be your base not clean..... Thats all I can come up with at this point heh. Oh and it could be that you are not separating and sprinkling the tobacco in the bowl and its not burning efficiently, or it be that you're overpacking the bowl thus smoking burnt tobacco. Maybe you should watch some videos on youtube on how to clean your hookah and how to set it up and how to pack your bowl.

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thanks EssamHelmy... I also think it's the foil... Does double foil help? I use a toothpick to make the holes.. Those are the right size holes .. Right?
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thanks EssamHelmy... I also think it's the foil... Does double foil help? I use a toothpick to make the holes.. Those are the right size holes .. Right?
For cheap non heavy duty foil, I double up the foil. For the holes I use a push pin/thumb tack, whatever you want to call it. For me a toothpick makes to big of holes. That is just me though.
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It kind of sounds to me like you might have too much heat. I know there are some AF flavors (for example AF Golden Apple) where too much heat makes it taste like soap. Or AF Double Apple with too much heat tastes like menthol. It would check the how-to videos and be sure that you're not overpacking your bowl, then add heat slowly and see if the flavor is better before things get real hot.

Also, keep in mind that a wind cover will amplify the heat, in a way.
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Take of the windcover and try it without too much heat
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thanks EssamHelmy... I also think it's the foil... Does double foil help? I use a toothpick to make the holes.. Those are the right size holes .. Right?
Double foil definitely helps. If the foil you use is too thin it will transfer way too much heat to the tobacco and the heat from the coal will be directed at one spot on the bowl rather than spread out. I also use a tooth pick and I punch holes like circles. I start with a big circle til I reach the middle and I make sure the holes are separated nicely.
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