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Old September 14th, 2007, 11:30 AM
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Default Brass Core Hookah Question for you metal heads

I have the KM Amer that is brass cored. Sometimes when I wash it and let it air dry I get some green crap that comes out of it. I am sure someone liek fursaken or one of you are gonna tell me of the metal properties etc etc but what I wanna know is, is it safe? what precautions should I use? Should I stop cleaning with lemon juice?
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Old September 14th, 2007, 12:07 PM
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Brass and coppe will turn that lovely shade of green. Also long as your not ingesting large chunks of the green stuff, it's not gonna cause you much issue. (I think). It's basically tranish, oxadation of the metals into the greeen stuff. If it was rust, I would worry.

My gold hookah turns darker (but not green yet). My two enamled Syrains have that green stuff on the bottom of the "heart" section by the holes and downstem. Nothing short of a wirebrush takes it off and then it's back within a month of use anyways. Even my brass coal *** gets that way if I left the water (after putting out the coals) in it too long.

Maybe one of the others will state diffenertly, but I still use those 2 hookahs and my coal pit.
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Old September 14th, 2007, 01:34 PM
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The only way to clean that is vinegar. I also have a brass core stem (its an egyptian) and i noticed that vinegar and lemon cause it to produce more of that green filth. I dry it using a hair dryier if i have time. That prevent the green stuff in the whole stem but the part those 2 inched that it goes under water will always turn green
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Ahhhh I see, I shall try Vinegar then. Thanks for the responses!
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Old September 15th, 2007, 05:27 AM
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Its called vertigris, or better known as verti-green. Like what you see on brass valves when saltwater hits them. Basically its brass' version of rust, only its oxidation of the non-ferrous metal. Just like the white coating on aluminum after it gets weathered.
Its prefectly harmless, if it gets heated and inhaled it will just cause some minor throat irritation and some people it might make them a little sick to the stomach.
Don't use anything acidic like vinegar or lemon juice, you just created a cataylist for oxidation. Steel wire brush, and a very light soap or if you have the cash buy ***. It works. Do not use CLR, it leaves a residue and will rock you world in a bad way.
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Old September 15th, 2007, 07:57 AM
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I knew fursaken could give me the chemical properties and the technical stuff lol thanks bro.
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How about beer and/or baking soda and water?
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Husky you know my profession; metal and welding is my life's work.
Baking soda should be fine, since it is a very mild alkaline. But I wire brush will get rid of it really well, just take some extra elbow grease.
Sam, beer is extreamly acidic, on a pH scale of 0-14, 0 being pure metal eating acid, 7 being neutral, 14 being an extreme alkaline.. Beer hits about 5.5.. Bad for das hookah, but it tastes so good once it hits the lips..

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Edit: Did some research on beer.. lol
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Wow, didn't think beer was that bad... dang, well maybe I'll stop using it now. Back to good old lemon, hot water, baking soda and sometimes vinegar.
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