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antouwan

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  1. sorry, totally forgot the original reason for the thread. to OP:   I agree with you; I've had some really good discussions, agreements, disagreements, philosophising over countless bowls. in the house, by the campfire, in a park, at lounges, wherever. it always makes a good experience better. but i think you really hit the nail on the head. the hookah has an ability to ground things and make them casual and serious without being stuffy. the narg (abbreviated form of nargile) was so central to this creation of quality atmosphere that i got setups for my buddies that lived out of town in college so that the lifestyle would be exported and proliferated. I even have some OG KM tri floating around somewhere in granada, spain because of this project that i undertook. it's ability to bring people together and dynamically change environments is really what astounds me and sets apart this funny looking aparatus from something more western and individual oriented as other forms of smoking.
  2.   What if 13 months later, you find out she is just trolling you.     :rofl:
  3. Favorite Flavor Mixes

      So you're definitely into floral. I'm down with some rose mixed with certain flavors. The most prominent one I remember was lemon rose mint. I remember smoking AF vanilla orange as well - back in the day     maybe the nw AF vanilla is like that. I remember it being very prominent and flavor-forward. I typically don't see the need for that much mint, though. I mean everyone's tastes are different, but you can definitely get a menthol overload with too much mint, imo. I like adding it slightly just to add some cooling/menthol to the smoke.   my buddy is all about the 100% mint :bad:   to me, mint is like salt. It can definitely enhance, but by its own or with too much and you can kill the experience a bit.
  4. hey guys I know this thread has killed several times over, but:   1) I've been getting back into flavor mixes a lot more than I ever have recently 2) the search function gives me literally NO results after 5 tries of all kinds of different ways you can search for "flavor mixes/mixes flavors/flavor combinations" 3) a new thread is probably due because there are always new flavors and new products on the market so some new life would be appropriate, i think   Now if I may elucidate my primary and terciary points: I recently went to a new nargile lounge in my area called La'Una (traditional arabic pronunciation would be laquna, but apparently that would be too much for us simpletons to handle) and they have a special house blend. I can't exactly put my thumb on it but I think it's some kind of melon/watermelon/kiwi/berry blend or something.   I saw a YT video where a guy made a fruit bowl (which i think is useless) but the thing that stood out to me the most is definitely that he used like 6 or 8 flavors to mix. I don't know if to that extent you are able to perceive and makeout all of the flavors but I can tell you that the blend at la'una was pretty hellaciously good. I also like that they have something that's their own and until I can recreate it at home, the only place in town I can get that is there - I think that's a really cool thing and this blend is pretty damn good.   anyway, other than a rant, I was going to ask what flavor blends you guys like so if there are blends, ratios, different tobaccos, let me know. I want to get a variety of things to mix and blend and wanted a little input as to what the active people around here thought or were currently doing.    
  5.   could you upload some pics? wondering what kind of pattern you went with
  6. Help Me Id This Hookah Please

    yeah hockey tape or athletic tape works decently. DO NOT get the water resistant kind but that kind of athletic fabric tape type stuff is acceptable. I used it on an old lebanese hookah that I could never find a grommet for with acceptable results.   maybe something like this:   http://www.autozone.com/autozone/accessories/Fel-Pro-10-x-26-x-1-8-in-cork-and-rubber-gasket-material-sheet/_/N-25w7?itemIdentifier=67680_0_0_   No idea how that shit works.
  7. Help Me Id This Hookah Please

      I had a small generic Egyptian several years ago that had a plastic diffuser that was idential to that on at the end of the stem. Arabs can make some pretty crazy mish-mashes. If you look at some of KM's stuff in their Egyptian catalogs they have some female stem (for male bowls) pipes and and some that have elements of a syrian style and even some with integrated metal bases, if I remember correctly.   From the consturction, it's way too non-chinese than chinese. I've never seen traditionally built rotators and stuff like that that's chinese.
  8. Help Me Id This Hookah Please

    How much are those grommets? Just order the next size up and the next size down. Worst case scenario you can cut the smaller ones slightly larger to get them to seal. But It's a grommet - it isn't made out of concrete - they'll stretch, you know
  9.   qft. I'm saying this from tons and tons of thrown out tangiers. I blame houston's humidity for not being able to use the standard line tangiers correctly. I didn't have problems at all with lucid, and it even worked fine with cocos. but birquq seems like it will work in my humidity, but is more heat sensitive than lucid.   I just bought several boxes of some golden charcoal because i remember those things not lasting super long and did some searching around for tutorials on them, but no one does tang heat management tutorials videos that I could find. If they're out there or if someone wants to do a video and help me out, please let me know/link in this thread!     Being from Houston, I know your pain.  For some magical reason, I can get Tangiers to work in South Florida (around the same humidity as Htown) but not back in Texas.  It's not as amazing as some others' setups but it's for sure doable.  I still get better results with Nak.     Houston is ridiculous with the humidity and massive temp and humidity swings. It's like somewhere inbetween tropics and rainforest and it is not at all conducive to tangiers noir. I did have a couple of decent sessions a while ago with Kashmir Peach (apparently a rather "robust" flavor construction wise when I spoke with Eric and also a decent experience with Lemon-Lime or something like that back when it came out (this must have been at least about 4 or 6 years ago or so).   I've tried super dense packs, medium dense, fluffy, tangiers phunnels, non-tang phunnels, standard egyptians, lebanese bowls, every hookah setup under the sun to no avail. I get a nasty tickle and no flavor and typically the scent of barbequed soy sauce. Birquq smells absolutely phenomenal and the flavor is good up to a point and then the heat kills all of the flavor and the heat coming off cocos is either whispy smoke or steam train but without flavor, doesn't matter if I do halves, quarters, or whatever else.   I got some golden canary's (as previously stated) so if anyone has a tutorial or a way to use them that's down pat, please let me know. I mean it can't be too complicated; it's charcoal - light, get silver coating off, start with two on the outside, if you need more heat, move closer in more still then move back to the perimeter and add another coal. I think I way overthink things sometimes...most times.
  10.   qft. I'm saying this from tons and tons of thrown out tangiers. I blame houston's humidity for not being able to use the standard line tangiers correctly. I didn't have problems at all with lucid, and it even worked fine with cocos. but birquq seems like it will work in my humidity, but is more heat sensitive than lucid.   I just bought several boxes of some golden charcoal because i remember those things not lasting super long and did some searching around for tutorials on them, but no one does tang heat management tutorials videos that I could find. If they're out there or if someone wants to do a video and help me out, please let me know/link in this thread!
  11. Help Me Id This Hookah Please

    probably have to shoot some pics of the inside under the hose port/purge.   To me looks like some Magdy Zaidan or generic Egyptian rotator. I think H-S has some grommets for those?   http://www.hookah-shisha.com/p-2064-rotator-rotating-spinning-hookah-grommet-replacement.html
  12. maybe sounds like some crazy desi murli (sp) stuff
  13. I feel like it's all about coals and heat. I've ordered a recent batch of birquq and was super happy with it as it was warming up but once full heat took effect all the flavor disappeared. I knew instantly that it was a heat thing and totally made it almost unenjoyable. very frustrating. No place around me has decent japanese coals, so what other kinds of coal can you use that are lower heat?   also, been a while since i've posted here.