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Old 10-19-2009, 11:29 PM   #1
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So as I've been enjoying my http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f76/samhain-pumpkin-ale-140674/ the last week or two, I've noticed a strange phenomenon. At first I thought it was just a coincidence, but after several such "coincidences" I'm now beginning to think there is a strong correlation. The pumpkin beer is affecting my sleep. And depending upon how much I've had, the effects differ. The first time I had enjoyed probably about 4 pints and then went promptly to sleep. I experienced vivid, crazy dreams that whole night. Not like my normal dreams but much more disjointed and strange. Weird, I thought. Then a few days later I had 2-3 pints of the pumpkin ale before bed. That night I didn't have crazy dreams, but I was kind of "restless" the whole night and woke up what seemed like every 10-15 minutes throughout the night. Then last night I had a pint of my pumpkin ale and a pint of post road to compare. And again last night I woke up several times, though not as much as the other night, feeling just kind of off. I know nutmeg is a hallucinogen but there's no way there's enough in the beer to have an effect. I grated maybe an 1/8th of a fresh meg and added to the boil with the rest of spices. I'm wondering if it's a combination of several spices and the alcohol that is having some effect. Maybe there is something to the stories of gruit ales having mind-altering properties. So anyway, has anyone else experienced anything like this? I can't say I really enjoy it and will probably limit myself to 1-2 pints of the pumpkin ale at a time from now on, and always way before bedtime!

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Old 10-19-2009, 11:46 PM   #2
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I came and slipped shrooms into the boil when you weren't looking.

On a real note, I have no idea. Maybe its all in your head at this point.

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Old 10-19-2009, 11:47 PM   #3
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I was gonna suggest that maybe those weren't hops he used at the end of the boil.

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Old 10-19-2009, 11:55 PM   #4
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Haha, I can assure you it's not just in my head. I wasn't expecting anything the second time it happened. And this kind of thing never happens to me any other time. How about someone else play guinea pig. If you have a spiced ale, have 3-4 before bed and see what happens.

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Send me a couple pints and I will test it for you. As a sleep walker/talker I am sure it would turn out entertaining. Should I leave my vid cam on motion sensing outside the bedroom? lol

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dude, if you were close I would. But 4 bottles to WA would be like 20 bucks!

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Vitamin b6 has been known to cause vivid dreams. Molasses has its fair share, pumpkin has a little, yeast has some. I'm not sure if its enough to cause what you are saying though.

But if you ever pop a b-6 pill before bed, you will know it.

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I thought I remembered reading somewhere about making a pillowcase with hops and other herbs in it that would give you weird dreams.

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dude, if you were close I would. But 4 bottles to WA would be like 20 bucks!
Dang. I was looking forward to some good dreams.
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My girlfriend and I had some Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale earlier this evening and fell asleep on the couch within half an hour. It was 7 pm..... No weird dreams, but damn did it put me to sleep.

Thoroughly enjoyed it by the way. First time I've tried a Pumpkin Ale.

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