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Old 08-21-2009, 12:47 AM   #1
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Default What causes harder or softer hangovers?

6 or 7 AG batches under my belt. They are all fantastic. But some of them with less ABV will cause slightly harder hangovers than the others with more ABV. So as I am ever learning about the AG process and fine tuning every aspect from getting a bigger mash paddle and stirring more to purchasing a more accurate thermometer... What exactly might I have done wrong or differently that would cause one beer to give more of a hangover tha another???

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Old 08-21-2009, 12:50 AM   #2
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What exactly might I have done wrong or differently that would cause one beer to give more of a hangover tha another???
You probably had two to many

I've got close to 30 batches under my belt, and haven't had a hangover from homebrew. I can still get one from commercial, but I've yet to get one from HB.

I'm not sure what would cause it.
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Old 08-21-2009, 01:30 AM   #3
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For me hangovers usually occur if I drink too many commercial beers. I believe because of the additives and preservatives that are allowed in them by the FDA. I don't like drinking anything other than micro-brewed beer or homebrew. But occasionally will drink a mass produced swill.

For example: Miller Lite contains propylene glycol alginate, water, barley malt, corn syrup, chemically modified hop extracts, yeast, amyloglucosidase, carbon dioxide, papain enzyme, liquid sugar, potassium metabisulfite, and Emka-malt. (this is what I Googled: what additives are in my commercial beer?)

I'm sure that the other two, Bud and Coors have some similiar additives to their products as well. This I believe can cause hangovers, some bad and some not so bad. Just depends on how much you embibe.

Like some other Homebrewers I don't really get hangovers from Homebrew. I do think that it's because of it being all natural. Atleast that's what I believe. Someone else can respond with a better answer and may have a more scientific explanation.

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I get hangovers from homebrew.

You guys just aren't drinking enough.

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Old 08-21-2009, 01:44 AM   #5
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i don't get hang overs unless i start drinking very early and pass out very late ( a good 12 hour drunk). Best cure, drink when you wake up and don't stop til about 4 hours before you go to bed. I usually feel fine the next day.

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I think I read somewhere that the main cause of hangovers is dehydration. I'm sure all the cruddy additives do not help.

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Drink at least a quart of water and take three aspirin before going to bed to make the next day easier. Gatorade is even better.

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I get hangovers from homebrew.

You guys just aren't drinking enough.
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I made an American Red Ale from Morebeer that I liked to call the "Hangover Mistress" because I always got hangovers when I drank a lot of it.
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...In addition, it is thought that the presence of other alcohols (such as fusel oils), by-products of the alcoholic fermentation also called congeners, exaggerate many of the symptoms ...
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Fusel alcohols are formed when fermentation occurs:
  • at higher temperatures,
  • at lower pH,
  • when yeast activity is limited by low nitrogen content.
My two hundreths of a dollar is that differences in fermentation temperature or pH cause some of your beers to produce more fusal alcohols and thus different degrees of hangover. Free Amino Nitrogen should not be a problem in AG brewing(BT - Malt Extracts: Cause for Caution). Further, since the BMC's of the world do as much as they can to speed up production I suspect the ferment warmer than they should to speed up production.
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For example: Miller Lite contains propylene glycol alginate, water, barley malt, corn syrup, chemically modified hop extracts, yeast, amyloglucosidase, carbon dioxide, papain enzyme, liquid sugar, potassium metabisulfite, and Emka-malt. (this is what I Googled: what additives are in my commercial beer?)
wow that looks closer to a pepsi formula that it does to a beer ingredient list. well not really but still that is pathetic.... I thought miller light was the good stuff, triple hopped and everything
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