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by Wade Hill
January 21, 2017
Hello again, and welcome to another weekly Hookah Heroes blog post. Today, we're going to be talking about bases, and more importantly, what goes inside of them. It's a frequently asked question - "Will milk make my clouds bigger?" No, no it won't. So today, we're just going to cover a few do's and don'ts as far as what you should be putting in your base.
Water - Safe for Base
Water is safe - it's clean, it's relatively sterile, and it's not going to impart any taste whatsoever onto your hookah session. Granted, while water is safe to use for your base, you still shouldn't leave it in there for too long. Many stems are made of stainless steel, and can still rust if left in water for too long.
Milk - Not Safe For Base
It's been a longstanding myth in the hookah community that milk in the base will give you bigger clouds... no, I can guarantee you that it will not do that. This myth likely comes from milk having a higher density than water, so it has more surface tension compared to regular water. Increased surface tension when pulling creates a more restricted pull, and therefore, fatter clouds. It's not actually improving your smoke at all, it's just making you have a more restricted pull. This can be achieved through a higher water level instead, or just through packing a little bit better. Seriously folks, don't do milk. It can deteriorate your stem quickly, as well as having bacteria form if it's left in there for too long.
Ice - Safe for Base
Ice is just the solid state of water, so you'll have no issues whatsoever putting it into your base. Granted, you'll still want to have water in there as well, but ice is safe. Ice in the base theoretically helps achieve a cooler session, but most serious smokers know that you should just be packing a bowl better instead of trying to cook your smoke down with ice.
Alcohol - NOT SAFE FOR BASE
I really feel like I should have to say this one, guys. But regardless, there are many people who love to put alcohol in their base... Sure, it may be sterile, but let's talk about the health implications of breathing in alcohol vapors? There's nothing good going on there. While yes, hookah smoking isn't exactly a healthy hobby, there's no need to go on and make it outright dangerous. Think with your head here, folks.
Fruit - Safe for Base
While it's never something that I personally would do, fruit is totally fine to put into your base. Though keep in mind, that it's primarily going to be used for aesthetics; not much, if any flavor gets translated into your smoke through doing this. And again, make sure that you're keeping your base clean after doing this.
Soda - Not Safe for Base
Soda is sticky. Sticky stuff should not be in your base. Do you want to spend an hour cleaning a hookah base? I didn't think so. Don't do it.
Hopefully you guys are seeing the common theme here. Just water, or water variants. Please don't put milk or soda into your base. You're only hurting yourself. It's not doing you any favors. What do you think? Do you agree with me? I certainly hope so... Let me know what you think in the comments below! As always, thanks so much for reading, and happy smokes!
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