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Old May 10th, 2010, 10:19 PM
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Default sweet melon nakhla harsh for first 15 min?

I bought some nakhla sweet melon and week or so ago and have smoked 3 bowls from my 250 gram batch. Each time I am experiencing some harshness in the first 15-20 min of the session. Has anyone else had this harshness with the sweet melon flavored shisha?


I am smoking out of my mya gelato 2 hose hookah. I have a stock mya bowl along with 2 different phunnel bowls which i have not tried to smoke the sweet melon from. My heat management is fine with the coals I am using. I have used the same coals for smoke other shisha and never had a problem with such harshness.

any ideas to try and fix this problem because the flavor of sweet melon is very good and I am trying to enjoy it more.
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Old May 10th, 2010, 10:46 PM
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Default Re: sweet melon nakhla harsh for first 15 min?

thats interesting that you say you have smoked other tobacco's without harshness and the nakhla gets harsh because naklha can take heat better than most tobacco's around.
Dont really know what to suggest maybe try it in a funnel, there are plenty of videos on youtube about how to pack nak in a funnel
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Old May 10th, 2010, 10:48 PM
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Default Re: sweet melon nakhla harsh for first 15 min?

i just smoked some earlier and didn't have this problem at all.
make sure you pack it down. nakhla shouldnt be loose. and before putting foil on, i check the top of the bowl at eye level to make sure no tobacco will touch the foil.

i use 3 ch nats on my mini phunnel... and it smokes perfectly this way.
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Default Re: sweet melon nakhla harsh for first 15 min?

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make sure you pack it down. nakhla shouldnt be loose. and before putting foil on, i check the top of the bowl at eye level to make sure no tobacco will touch the foil.
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Default Re: sweet melon nakhla harsh for first 15 min?

Nahkla gets packed differently than other tobacco. In my phunnel I pack it well over the rim and then jam it down really tight. I intentionally burn the heck out of the top layer by movin the coals over the entire surface every two minutes, then after the burning stops it will no longer be harsh, the flavor us more intense and the smoke clouds are huge. Nakhla is cool like that.
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Default Re: sweet melon nakhla harsh for first 15 min?

You're not the first person to report this. It seems that Sweet Melon is a very finicky tobacco. If it's not set up perfectly, the smoke becomes very harsh, very quickly.

I'm guessing you've got a drier batch. Try overpacking in an Egyptian bowl or super-packing in a modern bowl. Gently sprinkled and fluffed up is not gonna do it for sweet melon, you'll have to learn the way of the great palm tree by yourself. It's a perilous path to follow, but it's ultimately rewarding.

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I enjoy nakhla sweet melon. It mixes well with a hint of mint. Do not over pack the bowl
Be sure there is a good air flow. I add cold water mixed with ice. With good heat management. It is a great smoke.
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I enjoy nakhla sweet melon. It mixes well with a hint of mint. Do not over pack the bowl
Be sure there is a good air flow. I add cold water mixed with ice. With good heat management. It is a great smoke.
Disagree!
Overpack the heck out of the bowl.
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Disagree!
Overpack the heck out of the bowl.
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Overpack the heck out of the bowl.
Hell yes!! I pack about 50 grams of Nak into my vortex everytime I smoke. Works amazingly!!!
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Default Re: sweet melon nakhla harsh for first 15 min?

I'm gonna have to try overpacking the vortex at some point, didn't have any luck with orange in a mod bowl. Sniper, when you overpack the vortex do you have direct foil to tobacco contact like Dee's method, or just pack it super tight??
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I'm gonna have to try overpacking the vortex at some point, didn't have any luck with orange in a mod bowl. Sniper, when you overpack the vortex do you have direct foil to tobacco contact like Dee's method, or just pack it super tight??
superpack = tightly packed
overpack = over the rim
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Old May 11th, 2010, 09:47 AM
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Default Re: sweet melon nakhla harsh for first 15 min?

Generally nakhla takes heat well, mizo especially. Sweet melon can be finicky especially if you get a drier batch like someone stated initially. Packing it tight is a good solution for a drier batch.

Also, I'd be judicious of the amount of coals, and, LET THE BOWL WARM UP!! It solves a lot of problems especially at the beginning.
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