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Old 10-02-2007, 06:32 PM   #1
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and not just because i drank a lot of it. and not the same kind of morning after hangover headache. is there something i might be doing wrong in the brew process that's creating some sort of chemical that's causing this?

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Old 10-02-2007, 06:36 PM   #2
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Old 10-02-2007, 06:42 PM   #3
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and not just because i drank a lot of it. and not the same kind of morning after hangover headache. is there something i might be doing wrong in the brew process that's creating some sort of chemical that's causing this?
I'm just going to start at the beginning troubleshooting this:

1) Are you using secondary fementation to clear your beers?
1A) Are you drinking from the bottle/pouring the whole bottle into the glass?

First, if you are not clearing your beers, there may be a higher amount of yeast in the bottle, which leads to 1A. If you're drinking from the bottle, or pouring the whole bottle into the glass, then the high amount of yeast (after drinking a few beers) may be affecting you adversely. I've heard of this being more of an intestinal issue, but it could manifest in many different ways.

If you are doing either of the above, stop drinking from the bottle, and leave the bottom 1/4 inch or so of beer in the bottle when you pour it into a glass.

2) You could potentially be allergic to certain types of hops, yeast, malt extract, grains, specialty grains, alcohol etc.

I hate even suggesting this, but its a possibility. I have a friend who's allergic to alcohol that gets all red and sometimes gets migraines when he drinks.

I hope it's a combo of 1 and 1A

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Old 10-02-2007, 06:43 PM   #4
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Hangovers can often times be caused by fusel alcohols. These tend to form when fermenting at too high of a temp. What yeasts are you using and what temps are you fermenting at?

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Hangovers can often times be caused by fusel alcohols. These tend to form when fermenting at too high of a temp. What yeasts are you using and what temps are you fermenting at?
Most likely the problem. Those fusel's will hurt ya.
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Old 10-02-2007, 06:56 PM   #6
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Search this site for "Fussel"

I can honestly say that homebrew is the one adult beverage I can over consume and be back on my feet fresh the next morning. Drink only one BMC and quit, I've got a headache 1 hr later. Drink one homebrew, no problem.

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NOW you tell me. And all this time, I've been pounding warm toilet hooch and not thinking twice about it.

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FUSELS will make your head fissle. Strain & Temperature are key to pay attention to.

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Thanks for all the replies. In response to the questions about clearing and too much yeast, yes I do use a secondary along with irish moss in most of my beers. They come out VERY clear. I also never drink from the bottle and always leave at least an inch on the bottom. From what everyone's said I'm guessing my problem is the fusel alcohol. This latest batch was fermenting during a heat wave and I'm guessing that fermentation temps could have gotten into the upper 70s. I've since bought one of those square ice cube coolers at wally world and I'm using that to hold fermentation temps in the low 60s. Tanks for all the help!

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