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Old 12-09-2011, 09:19 PM   #1
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Default Some kinds of beer give me headaches...why?

There are some types of beer that give me a headache, even if I only have one or two. Lleinenkugel, cheap malt liquor, Mike's Hard Lemonade, and Michelob Ice are some on the list.

What is in these types of beer that are not in others? I need to know what to avoid in making my home brews. I've been concerned about this when considering alcohol boosters.

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Old 12-09-2011, 09:41 PM   #2
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Some people say this doesn't matter and the issue is psychological, but drinking Budweiser products gives me a headache.

Obvious craft beer / home brewer jokes aside.. Budweiser uses rice in a lot of their light lagers, and apparently some people can have this reaction to beers brewed with rice. It's been a long time since I did any research on it, but I think I recall it having to do with higher levels of sulfites in beers made from significant portions of rice.

Either way, I've avoided Budweiser products for a long time and becoming a beer snob just gave me another reason to avoid their products almost entirely.

Note that most Miller products do not give me this reaction.

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Old 12-09-2011, 09:49 PM   #3
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My mom and step dad claim that all draft beers give them bad headaches. Although its probably the places they go to dont clean their lines. But I see no reason that draft beer would cause headaches when the same brand in a bottle wouldn't.

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Old 12-09-2011, 09:59 PM   #4
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I get a bad headache every time I drink new Belgium’s Ranger IPA. I have narrowed it down, it has happened three times in a row. The last time I solely drank that beer, and it is almost immediate, I wonder what they put in it that is not my cup of tea.

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Old 12-09-2011, 09:59 PM   #5
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It's a hard theory to proove but this happens to me too! My theory is that stuff that gives you a headache contains more unwanted alcohols ( methanol ect ) and maybe draft gives you a head hurtin more because it's bottom vat beer ( so I've been told by my cousin who worked at a brewery ) and maybe the unwanted alcohols accumulate in the bottom more

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Old 12-09-2011, 10:08 PM   #6
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Yeah I was thinking it might be fusel alcohols, especially with the malt liquor and "ice" beers these are in higher concentration. I am sure Mike's Hard Lemonade is a malt liquor beverage, too, along with e.g. smirnoff ice. I have never had the Leinenkugel so I am not sure about that one.

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Old 12-09-2011, 10:12 PM   #7
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its Gods way of punishing you for drinking **** beer.

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Old 12-10-2011, 01:59 AM   #8
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I thought i was the only wierdo. I asked around on here regarding the same thing. I linked my headache to the dunkel lager i brewed, however got no confirmation of why. It happened twice when i had a home mixer pack, then it happened again when i had just one beer which was the dunkel. I thought maybe it had an infection

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Old 12-10-2011, 02:37 AM   #9
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bud gives me an instant headache. This years SA octoberfest did too initially but after sitting a month it doesn't. I usually buy old milwaukee or bass when I buy. The old mil is no headache and very consistent cheap beer. I'd like to know about the bud so I can avoid it as well.

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maybe draft gives you a head hurtin more because it's bottom vat beer ( so I've been told by my cousin who worked at a brewery ) and maybe the unwanted alcohols accumulate in the bottom more
i'm a professional brewer at a craft brewery and that simply makes no sense...
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