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Old 05-13-2012, 04:16 PM   #1
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Default Body rejecting beer!!! Leaning towards low ABV (session) beers

I have been home brewing for 2 years now and I have made just about everything under the sun. I used to really enjoy drinking the hell out of anything I made or anything thats sold in stores for that matter.

Over the past 2 years however I have really started to experience my body rejecting my beverage of choice! As I reach the ripe old age of 30 (sarcasm) I am finding it increasingly harder to drink beer, as it has become ridiculously easy for me to feel the ill effects of alcohol the next day. In other words my hangovers have become so severe, off as little as 4 or 5 beers, (migraines, nausea, not able to eat or drink anything for half the next day nor can I sleep it off) almost to the point that I've often wondered if I've become allergic to the ingredients within.

The unfortunate thing is that I really have a passion for making and drinking good beer!!!

With all of this being said I am now thinking about making beers with much lower ABV to see what happens. I'm considering making everything from Pale Ales to IPA's to Stouts and Porters with ABV's around 3 - 4.5%. Beers that aren't even close to being within style guidelines.

My obvious goal is to be able to enjoy great tasting beers without overwhelming myself/head/body with the far too often, reoccurring ill effects.

Is there anyone on this forum who feels the same as me or who experiences the same symptoms I have been experiencing?

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Old 05-13-2012, 04:20 PM   #2
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That's happened to me as I've gotten older. If I have more than five drinks in a night I feel terrible the next day. If I have more than six I'll be puking most of the next day. I still probably drink too much, medically speaking, but I've cut back to one beer with dinner, and two or three once a week.

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Old 05-13-2012, 04:27 PM   #3
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yep. been there done that. often after just 8 or 9 i feel like a dozen monkeys with hammers are trying to get out of my head. i used to never get hangovers, but at the age of 38 they are just something i get used to. i don't puke or anything just insane headaches. i have been drinking a 16 oz glass of water and taking a vitamin before i go to bed lately after drinking. it seems to have helped me out alot. i also keep goodies headache powder around. if i have the old monkeys with hammers syndrome a dose of goodies and water cure it right up for me.

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Old 05-13-2012, 04:30 PM   #4
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I have this issue with nearly every beer brewed with Belgian yeast strains. This also is amplified if the beer is fermented a little to warm and fusel alcohol is present.

When I stick to standard ale yeasts I wake up with nothing more than a thirst for water...

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Dude, I'm right there with you. Through the college years when binge drinking was the norm I never got sick. I'd puke the night of drinking occasionally but never the next day. I could hop out of bed and go wait tables or go to class like it was nothing back then.

I'll be 30 next month and if I drink more that 3 in a night, the next day I'll be down to about 70% mental/physical capacity if not worse. Last weekend I went to a friend's birthday party and enjoyed myself a bit too much. I'm a rural mail carrier and I had to pull over at about 3 o'clock the next day to puke while out delivering.

I've got nothing but ~5% and lower beers planned for the summer. I just tapped a 4.3% wheat that I'm enjoying the hell out of. I've got a few pale ales and a kolsch coming up.

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I'll be turning 35 in a few months, and I've noticed that I can't put 'em down like I used to, and that if I don't take care of my body, drinking too much will really beat me up. I've found that ensuring that I'm well hydrated throughout the day, and that if I take vitamins daily, I don't get any hangover symptoms if I over do it the night before. I also always drink a pint of water before bed, even if I've only had one beer.
Hangovers and the like are caused by dehydration and vitamin depletion due to the diarrhetic effect of alcohol (it depletes you of h2o and vitamins). So ensuring you're well hydrated and have all the vitamins your body needs should help with the hangovers.

Hope that helps, getting old sucks, but it's easy to deal with if you take good care of yourself.

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Two to four beers is about all I can handle these days. Your not alone hehe. Think of it this way, now your homebrew will last alot longer

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Ive read that for every 12oz beer you drink it will cause you to lose 48oz of water. So every beer you need to drink 4 glass's of water. That seems to be a lot. But I beleive it. I couldn't imagine trying to drink 4 glass's of water before bed and that would just cover 1 beer I know people that can drink a 12 pack in 1 night. That would mean they need to drink 2 case's of water before nappy time. I also know people that drink half of a glass of water between each beer. I dont know how much help it does drinking while drinking beer, I would think the alcohol would keep the water going right thru you just like the beer. Not absorbing much h2o.

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Dude, I'm right there with you. Through the college years when binge drinking was the norm I never got sick. I'd puke the night of drinking occasionally but never the next day. I could hop out of bed and go wait tables or go to class like it was nothing back then.

I'll be 30 next month and if I drink more that 3 in a night, the next day I'll be down to about 70% mental/physical capacity if not worse. Last weekend I went to a friend's birthday party and enjoyed myself a bit too much. I'm a rural mail carrier and I had to pull over at about 3 o'clock the next day to puke while out delivering.

I've got nothing but ~5% and lower beers planned for the summer. I just tapped a 4.3% wheat that I'm enjoying the hell out of. I've got a few pale ales and a kolsch coming up.
+1.

Turned 30 a few months back, and i find myself not wanting the really high ABV drinks anymore (or any mixed drinks other than a Gin and Tonic). Slowly, over the last few months, the ABV of my homebrew has been creeping ever lower.

As a matter of fact, last night, the wife and I had an "IIPA tasting." We blind taste tested my own IIPA with Simcoe and Citra, Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye, and Ninkasi's Tricerahops. We enjoyed a sample of all three, each took one to finish off, and when it was all said and done, we were both trying to goad each other into drinking the last one since neither of us really wanted to deal with it this morning.
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Coming from a medical standpoint, former army medic here, it could be caused by a number of things. 1) how much water do you drink a day? Even being slightly dehydrated can cause the alcohol levels in your body to remain higher than normal thus causing a longer "buzz" and a longer more prominent hangover. Alcohol causes dehydration as well.
As the level of water loss increases, more symptoms can become apparent. The following are further signs and symptoms of dehydration.

Dry mouth
The eyes stop making tears
Sweating may stop
Muscle cramps
Nausea and vomiting
Heart palpitations
Lightheadedness (especially when standing)
Weakness
Decreased urine output
Headaches/Migranes

Since the metabolism of alcohol is slow, consumption needs to be controlled to prevent accumulation in the body and intoxication.

Your diet also has an affect on the metabolism as well. Foods high in saturated fats ie. chicken wings, fries, burgers with baccon and extra cheese, etc. don't allow for your body to process the alcohol as well and slows the absorption into the blood system as saturated fats are heavy and don't absorb very quickly either. Foods high in proteins are your best bet. You body uses those proteins for energy which your body uses much of (on a microbiological scale) to do even the smallest of involuntary body functions. Ie keep the old ticker ticking, breathing, etc.

On the other hand yes, an allergic reaction to the materials you use may also play a role in your misfortune.
Celiac Disease is becoming more prevalent nowadays.
Celiac disease is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats.
The exact cause of celiac disease is unknown. The lining of the intestines contains areas called villi, which help absorb nutrients. When people with celiac disease eat foods or use products that contain gluten, their immune system reacts by damaging these villi.

The disease can develop at any point in life, from infancy to late adulthood.

The symptoms of celiac disease can be different from person to person. This is part of the reason why the diagnosis is not always made right away. For example, one person may have constipation, a second may have diarrhea, and a third may have no problem with stools.

Blood tests can detect several special antibodies, called antitissue transglutaminase antibodies (tTGA) or anti-endomysium antibodies (EMA). The health care provider will order these antibody tests if celiac disease is suspected.

Beer is a gluten PACKED!! As grains such as wheat, barley, rye, and oats. I suggest maybe you might consult your doctor as by no means am I a doctor nor am I providing a diagnosis or any professional medical advice other than suggesting you consult your physician and providing you with general knowledge and information. (sorry, gotta cover my @$$ on that one. $#!+ happens.)

Sorry to hear about this dude. Hope you get things figured out.

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