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Old February 27th, 2008, 10:42 PM
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Default Metallic Chemical like taste.

I took a hit of pink lemonade. Delicious as usual. After that I took another hit and I got a burst of metallic and chemical flavor. It is more pronounced in the hose however. If I hit directly from the base or from another hose I get the same metallic chemical like flavor. Is this rust? I tried cleaning it and the taste is still in there. Anyone know what is going on?
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Old February 27th, 2008, 10:49 PM
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Default Re: Metallic Chemical like taste.

First, look down the stem with a light and see if there is any corrosion/rust, exposed metal from chipped plating.
Second, if you have a non-washable hose it could be rusting. You can gut it and home depo it with some rubber tubing and hose clamps.
Third, It could be what you wash it with, any cleaners, solvents, or soaps?
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Old February 27th, 2008, 10:50 PM
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Default Re: Metallic Chemical like taste.

If it's not a washable hose, it's most likely rust. One way you can tell is to bang your hose on something, then tilt it over to watch the rust fall out...
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First, look down the stem with a light and see if there is any corrosion/rust, exposed metal from chipped plating.
Second, if you have a non-washable hose it could be rusting. You can gut it and home depo it with some rubber tubing and hose clamps.
Third, It could be what you wash it with, any cleaners, solvents, or soaps?
I think I used some dawn and some warm water one time. Other than that I use the lemon juice and baking soda thing. No solvents or solutions. Hmm is there a video on the home depoing hose thing lol. I will check it for rust. If there is im pretty much screwed right? I pulled from the stem just to see if the get the same taste and I don't. Its just in the heart of the hookah and VERY present in the hose lol.
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Old February 27th, 2008, 10:55 PM
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What kind of hookah? Mya? Their common chamber is Tough to clean...

I also recommend a Razan hose. I LOVE mine.
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What kind of hookah? Mya? Their common chamber is Tough to clean...

I also recommend a Razan hose. I LOVE mine.
no its a SS Syrian and the heart is an absolute HELL to get into
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If you use any type of soap, wash the living shit out of it. I have to use it with my base in the summer time cause of mold, I have to wash it 6 times.
If it is a stock hose, chances are it rusted and thats the root of the evil. Home depoing the hose makes it ugly as sin, but very clean and doesn't hold on to taste. When you pick your hose, it will look crazy, but its worth it. Cut a little bit off (inch or two) and suck through it and see if you taste plastic or PVC
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If you use any type of soap, wash the living shit out of it. I have to use it with my base in the summer time cause of mold, I have to wash it 6 times.
If it is a stock hose, chances are it rusted and thats the root of the evil. Home depoing the hose makes it ugly as sin, but very clean and doesn't hold on to taste. When you pick your hose, it will look crazy, but its worth it. Cut a little bit off (inch or two) and suck through it and see if you taste plastic or PVC
Hmm I see. I will give it a shot. How do I get the metallic taste from the inside of the heart?
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Default Re: Metallic Chemical like taste.

If it is brass, not really. But it can happen from a residue.
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If it is brass, not really. But it can happen from a residue.
What did you mean? lol that post confused the crap out of me.
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Default Re: Metallic Chemical like taste.

I agree with everyone, it could be the hose and the stem. just wash out your stem like crazy with warm water, dishwashing soap, lemon, vinegar, and diluted alcohol.
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Old February 27th, 2008, 11:29 PM
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Default Re: Metallic Chemical like taste.

Brass doesn't really give off any flavor,it can happen but it is rare. There might be a residue build up inside the heart, maybe soap or corrosion from water stagnating. Just a guess really..
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Old February 27th, 2008, 11:35 PM
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Brass doesn't really give off any flavor,it can happen but it is rare. There might be a residue build up inside the heart, maybe soap or corrosion from water stagnating. Just a guess really..

oh I get ya. Anyway I can knock that gunk outta there?
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Old February 27th, 2008, 11:38 PM
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toothbrush?
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Old February 27th, 2008, 11:40 PM
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Default Re: Metallic Chemical like taste.

Soak in warm water, baking soda and some vinegar for a few minutes and blow out. You can use something that has Low Pressure air, like an Air Duster. Or you can buy a broad (thick in brush diameter) pipe cleaner and attach it to a powered drill and spin it out, works by hand also.
I don't recommend using any type of alcohol because of the high pH.
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Default Re: Metallic Chemical like taste.

If you have a hookah with a very crappy non-stainless stem you will get the car key-like taste no matter what, and it sucks! Or it could be rust, or a taste from the coals.
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Default Re: Metallic Chemical like taste.

lol. Just wash the living hell out of the stem and hose, if the hose is washable. Make sure you dry them out completely though.
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Old February 28th, 2008, 12:21 AM
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Default Re: Metallic Chemical like taste.

thanks for the all the help guys. I really appreciate it. I will try the toothbrush thing and the soak thing and I bet the hookah will be hitting like a champ in no time.
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dude..that night sucked so bad...like srsly...i was like "NOOOOOOOOOOOO" *tear*
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