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Old June 15th, 2010, 12:17 AM
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My MZ is ghosting so bad it's starting to take the enjoyment out of my sessions. It's not even just previous flavors, it's old smoke taste. I tried baking soda and water, lemon juice and water, baking soda and water and vinegar, lemon juice and water and vinegar, dish soap and water, and every other possible combination of those components. I use the brushes that came with my pipe, completely flush the hose out, clean out the purge valves, let the hose drip dry, the whole nine yards. Yet, still, I can taste old smoke and flavors from bowls I packed 2 or 3 sessions ago. I even soaked my bowl in rum to dissolve the gunky carbon off.

Everything smells pretty clean after I'm done, but the flavor is still off. Does anybody have a foolproof way to kill ghosting? I'm using a SS washable hose, by the way, and my first 2 bowls with this pipe were nothing short of perfect.
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Old June 15th, 2010, 12:23 AM
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its your hose...
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Old June 15th, 2010, 01:03 AM
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some people say that a bowl of Nak Zaghul (sp?) works well for killing ghosts. I'm not sure if thats true but if you have some give it a shot.
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Old June 15th, 2010, 01:04 AM
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It might be a placebo effect to some extent. Like you keep thinking about it and you are making it worse. Smoke a few bowls of mint, wash the rig again, and let it sit for a few days.
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Old June 15th, 2010, 04:20 AM
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http://www.amazon.com/Klean-strip-Ba.../dp/B001B48UJM

Works in swimming pools pretty well. If that doesn't get it out, what will? For the record this might not be such a grand idea. LOL
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Old June 15th, 2010, 08:07 AM
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I had this ghosting problem after smoking Hookah-Hookah Evolution Peanut Butter.. its a good taste for the first 10 mins then it gets old real quick.. I got so sick of the potent taste, now i get hints of the flavour every time I smoke.. even after cleaning hookah and hose with water and lemon juice...

I finally got fed up and washed the hose and hookah with 70% rubbing alcohol and sea salt... shook it around the hose and hookah for a bit then rinsed with water and lemon juice... worked like a charm.. the sea salt acts as a scrubber and the rubbing alcohol kills the ghost flavours..

hope that helps ya a bit,

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Old June 15th, 2010, 12:30 PM
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what is this "ghosting" you speak of? i know the ghost inhale...
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Old June 15th, 2010, 12:57 PM
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what is this "ghosting" you speak of? i know the ghost inhale...

When you can taste the flavor of a bowl you had a few bowls ago. it usually happens with strong flavors like mint, chocolate, coffee, etc...
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Old June 15th, 2010, 03:08 PM
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Nakhla Earl Grey ghosts pretty bad as well, any other strong flavor will knock it out, but I agree with Mint the most.
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I agree that rubbing alcohol and sea salt. works well on the bowl and vase. Althogh, i would never use dish soap or any chemical cleaners on my pipe. I am always afraid of the chances of that ghosting.
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Old June 15th, 2010, 06:09 PM
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I agree that rubbing alcohol and sea salt. works well on the bowl and vase. Althogh, i would never use dish soap or any chemical cleaners on my pipe. I am always afraid of the chances of that ghosting.
I'd be afraid of corrosion before ghosting with those chemicals!
Although I use dish soap sometimes, scrub it really good, lots of bubbles. Then rinse it, scrub, rinse, until soap doesn't come out. Use lava hot water. Rinse after scrub/rinse for a minute or so.

If that doesn't work, baking soda! Get the inside of the pipe wet then pour some baking soda down it and let it sit for a while (an hour maybe). Scrub then rinse.
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Old June 15th, 2010, 09:47 PM
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If you clean your hookah and it still ghosts, it is the hose.
If it's not a washable hose, you can smoke mint or zag to try and neutralize it. Certain flavors should only be smoked through washable hoses.
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Old June 18th, 2010, 04:36 PM
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smokin some apple with peach still getting ghostin from pan rasal 2days ago. some flavors are hard to clear out !
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