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Old December 15th, 2008, 10:31 PM
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Default brass hookahs (myas) start to get weird smell

ok so my friends mya has gotten this really really bad smell in the stem that comes through in the smoke, its not exactly metallic but it is tingly in my throat and ruins all taste in any shisha (he does let the hookah sit a while after he smokes it with out cleaning it and usually just rinses it and cleans ever few weeks) . when i was cleaning my small mya i noticed it was starting to get the smell too, no where near as bad and didnt have the tingle and wasnt changing the taste at all thought. after a good scrub with soap and then some lemon juice and scrubbing it got knocked down so it wasnt an issue.

but what is up with this. a normal cleaning and scrubbing doenst seem to really knock it out, it can reduce it a little but its still there unless you do a hard core cleaning on it. ive never smelled that smell off of brass so i dont really know whats up.

any one else notice this
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Old December 15th, 2008, 10:39 PM
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Default Re: brass hookahs (myas) start to get weird smell

Probably rust in the hose.
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Old December 15th, 2008, 10:43 PM
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Probably rust in the hose.
no, we smoke with nammors and i swapped my hose over to his got the taste, swapped it bad and it was gone, i can smell and taste it in the stem if i smell or suck on the stem

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Old December 15th, 2008, 10:44 PM
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Default Re: brass hookahs (myas) start to get weird smell

first off, you dont rinse it out every few weeks, not to be rude, but that is nasty. You need to clean it after each use.

Second, the "brass" myas arent brass on the inside, do you mean the brass colored stem?

you may have gotten it to rust.

if not, use a brush, try using beer to clean it, look for sam's vid on that in the video section.

try lemon juice and baking soda, several times.

otherwise, you may have some rust and you may need a new hookah.
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Default Re: brass hookahs (myas) start to get weird smell

Does he scrub it down with a brush? Also the inside of any stem will start to pick up a hint of scent after usage.
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Default Re: brass hookahs (myas) start to get weird smell

They are common chambered. Very hard to clean properly.
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Old December 15th, 2008, 10:58 PM
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first off, you dont rinse it out every few weeks, not to be rude, but that is nasty. You need to clean it after each use.

Second, the "brass" myas arent brass on the inside, do you mean the brass colored stem?

you may have gotten it to rust.

if not, use a brush, try using beer to clean it, look for sam's vid on that in the video section.

try lemon juice and baking soda, several times.

otherwise, you may have some rust and you may need a new hookah.
i know im trying to get him to clean it more but ya, also hes not around all the time (hes USCG so hes out half the time). the myas we have are chrome on the out side and are raw cast bras in the stems. in fact his stem just got replaced and has picked up the scent pretty fast (less than 2 weeks since it was replaced) and mine which i scrub every time i use it (just with water and a brush though) is only a few weeks old but the smell is no where near bad just has a light scent.

dragon, its not the normal used hookah smell

and dunkel the chamber and the stem have the smell evenly its not just that it is in the chamber (also its not plated so its not to hard to clean)

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Default Re: brass hookahs (myas) start to get weird smell

My guess is the funk is in the heart. Remove the downstem and submerge the heart in a bowl of soapy water and let it soak overnight.
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Old December 16th, 2008, 12:11 AM
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Default Re: brass hookahs (myas) start to get weird smell

if it continures to smell like funk then next time just smoke in a dumster and you wont be worrying about the smeel from your hookah.. other then that keep cleaning and cleaning.
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Old December 16th, 2008, 12:40 AM
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Default Re: brass hookahs (myas) start to get weird smell

I know it sounds funny but i use denture cleaner to soak my mya qt about once a week. But i also wash after every use.
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Old December 16th, 2008, 01:27 AM
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Default Re: brass hookahs (myas) start to get weird smell

Lemon juice and baking soda is the best. It leaves that fresh lemony smell lingering too, just scrub the stem a few times through with that stuff and you should be good to go.
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Old December 16th, 2008, 11:51 AM
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Default Re: brass hookahs (myas) start to get weird smell

ya, i know how to clean it i was just surprised that it was smelling the way it did since my other rig doesnt seem to get that smell, not sure if it is something with the brass.

something that was weird with my friends rig also is that the way the stem is made (its a mya gelato) right at the top it is smaller like how the down stem is on the myas where it screws in so its hard to get a brush it. if he doesnt lean it well enough il just steal it from him and give ti a good scrub. he for what ever reason doesnt seem to notice the taste in the smoke, maybe ive just gotten used to uber clean hookahs

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Default Re: brass hookahs (myas) start to get weird smell

Mya stems don't clean well because of the rough brass texture on the inside. Flavors sit in there.

What you should do first is buy a Tangiers flavor. Tangiers is designed to clean out old smells in your hookah. You need to smoke a couple bowls of this.

If you can't smoke tangiers, then let the stem sit in a batch of baking soda and lemon juice. Make sure there is a ton of baking soda inside the stem. It absorbs smells very well.

If the smell is still there, fill the stem with baking soda and let it sit there for a couple days (maybe 3 or 4) and then clean that out and see what happens.

If it still smells, you need a new Mya (seriously).
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Old December 16th, 2008, 12:28 PM
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Mya stems don't clean well because of the rough brass texture on the inside. Flavors sit in there.

What you should do first is buy a Tangiers flavor. Tangiers is designed to clean out old smells in your hookah. You need to smoke a couple bowls of this.

If you can't smoke tangiers, then let the stem sit in a batch of baking soda and lemon juice. Make sure there is a ton of baking soda inside the stem. It absorbs smells very well.

If the smell is still there, fill the stem with baking soda and let it sit there for a couple days (maybe 3 or 4) and then clean that out and see what happens.

If it still smells, you need a new Mya (seriously).
hmmm interesting, i guess ill have to smoke tangiers more.

ya both are pretty new stems so i think it will come out.

i am thinking about figuring out a way to sand down or hone out the stem so it is smooth (ive killed me stem brushes from trying to clean it with the rough brass catching on it) and its thick enough that i could do it and not have any issues, just would have to make a mandrel long enough to reach at least half way down the stem.

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Old December 16th, 2008, 12:42 PM
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Default Re: brass hookahs (myas) start to get weird smell

It's very, very, very rough on the inside, like, mountainous. I suppose you could smooth it out, but that would take a lot of work and the perfect tools.

What would be easier is soldering a center stem down the middle. It would make the pull tighter, but make cleaning so easy.
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It's very, very, very rough on the inside, like, mountainous. I suppose you could smooth it out, but that would take a lot of work and the perfect tools.

What would be easier is soldering a center stem down the middle. It would make the pull tighter, but make cleaning so easy.
sleeving it would be hard though to seal it up.

a hone or even getting a split mandrel and using really rough abrasive paper with a flex shaft tool would knock it down, i bet you could get it close to polish in about an hour

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Default Re: brass hookahs (myas) start to get weird smell

some Mya have aluminum core stems that take on a stink as the shisha juice causes deterioration.

The open core MYA's are tough to clean because of the porous surface inside.... causes a nasty ghost.
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some Mya have aluminum core stems that take on a stink as the shisha juice causes deterioration.

The open core MYA's are tough to clean because of the porous surface inside.... causes a nasty ghost.
ya, these are surely brass, it is very heavy and you can see the brass in the chambers and down the stems
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Default Re: brass hookahs (myas) start to get weird smell

the crag mountain downstem and open chamber makes no mya worth ever buying to me if youre a regular smoker
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