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Old 02-21-2012, 05:54 PM   #1
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Default Buddy says my homebrew gives him headaches...

My friend is a rather experienced beer drinker and he says that when he drinks my homebrew he claims that he has more hangovers than when he drinks the same amount of non-homebrewed beer. I control my fermentation temperatures and to this point have only brewed ales. I tend to ferment at 62 - 68 degrees. Any ideas what is going on with my beers. I have seen other posts about green beer causing headaches, but I let them ferment out, sit, and then force carb for two weeks. I am pretty sure it is not fusal alcohols because of the fermentation control. What can it be?!?!

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Old 02-21-2012, 05:55 PM   #2
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yeast allergy?

I have seen several threads like this and to my knowledge there is not really a clear cut answer.

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Old 02-21-2012, 06:56 PM   #3
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Just one thought - the same volume of home brew will probably have quite a bit more alcohol than your average BMC if that's the comparison he's making.

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Do you ferment at higher temps? I read on here that higher temps lead to fusel alcohols, which will indeed cause headaches. There's a lot more science to it, so I hope someone here can chime in and give you the lowdown.

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Just one thought - the same volume of home brew will probably have quite a bit more alcohol than your average BMC if that's the comparison he's making.
+1, this was my thought too. It has more alcohol than whatever he's used to drinking ("experienced beer drinker"...is that a job description?). If you beer tastes good to you, that's what matters.
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:08 PM   #6
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Just one thought - the same volume of home brew will probably have quite a bit more alcohol than your average BMC if that's the comparison he's making.
This is what I was thinking. I get into trouble at beer festivals because I drink too many high gravity beers when I'm used to 6-7 percent.
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That's odd because I'm the exact opposite. When I enjoy a few too many I usually am sluggish the next morning, but not headaches or any pain. I'm just lethargic. But, after some bacon, eggs, coffee and a shower I'm good.

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It's also problematic if you have a kegging setup, I know my friends lose the ability to gauge how much they'd had without bottles or cans to count. My russian roommate almost killed himself with my BIPA.

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I got to agree with you on that,ryan. I'm a little lethargic the next morning myself. But coffee (redneck rocket fuel,mind you) & breakfast & I feel better. I wonder if it's not just the higher ABV,but the fact that it's a cleaner form of ethanol than the chemical ridden,heavy adjunct lagers he's used too? I noticed the buzz from HB is cleaner feeling,& doesn't last as long,nor as heavy.
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Just one thought - the same volume of home brew will probably have quite a bit more alcohol than your average BMC if that's the comparison he's making.
This is my thought as well. You say he's an experienced beer drinker, but not what kind....an experienced bmc drinker, and a craft beer drinker who thinks nothing of polishing up a bomber of 10% barleyine are two different animals.
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