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Old 08-07-2009, 04:34 AM   #1
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It's time to put the collective wisdom of the board together and see if we can get rid of, or at least minimize, the unpleasant effects of over-enjoying the fruits of our labor. I'm sure that we've all found that some beers are more likely to give us hangovers, or at least headaches, than others. In fact all the westerners in Indonesia claim that the national beer "Bintang" must be laced with poison (Muslim conspiracy theory) because of the headaches it gives everyone.

Personally I find that darker is usually worse than lighter for me, though not always. Pyramid Snowcap is completely off my list as 2 beers feels like 5 in the morning and 3 make me feel like cat-vomit.


Surely some of the hardcore beer scientists out there can answer these two questions:

1: What contributes to a beer becoming a hangover-causing beer?

2: How do we brew beers that will have a low "Hq" hangover-quotient?

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Old 08-07-2009, 04:41 AM   #2
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Here is a thought.... alcohol is a poison. Drink water. It helps.

Pappy says the yeast in home brew contains B12 (IIRC) and keeps away the hangover.

But the solution is to hydrate, eat, and NOT DRINK SO MUCH!

A hangover is your bodies way of telling you too much.

Just me?

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I never get a hangover from my homebrew...but I dont go stupidly and get sheeit face drunk.....I'm not a dumb kid any more.

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I know that the belief is that the darker the liquor, the more potential for hangovers. Not sure whether this applies to beer or not.

I'm thinking the difference between red wine and vodka. Drink too much of each and you're f***ed, but a smaller proportion of red will hit the brain harder than voddy. Supposedly.

Urban myth?

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I never get a hangover from my homebrew...but I dont go stupidly and get sheeit face drunk.....I'm not a dumb kid any more.
+1 on this.
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Seriously?

beer is 5%

wine is 12%

"voddy" is 45%

of alcohol..... alcohol is what creates the effect. Variables include weight of person drinking and time. A "smaller proportion" of wine (shall we say 4 oz?!) at 12% will hit the brain harder than (shall we say 5 oz?!?!) of "voddy"... harder?!?!?!?

SERIOUSLY?!?!?!?

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sorry... I am going to bed.

I will let you Nugent and Brewon Board cover this and I will sleep and get up with my kid in the morning. Sorry for being an old prick....

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But the solution is to hydrate, eat, and NOT DRINK SO MUCH!
Thats what I do and it helps. After a night of drinking I try to drink a big glass of water and eat a snack before I go to bed. It helps usually depending on how much I had.

I also think hangovers get worse if you beinge drink for a few days in a row. This only usually happens to me when friends/my brother come in from out of town and I splurge for a few days in a row.
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It's not just a dark vs. light thing for me, just a trend. Pyramid SnowCap is one I've notice that is particularly bad for me, but Guinness on the other hand, I can drink all night (to a point of course) and wake up feeling just fine.

Surely y'all have noticed that different beers, or different alcohols are more likely to give you a hangover yes?

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I never get a hangover from my homebrew...but I dont go stupidly and get sheeit face drunk.....I'm not a dumb kid any more.
That is funny stuff but certainly true. I don't drink like a frat boy anymore.
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