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Old 01-04-2009, 05:28 PM   #1
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Default Confession - I drank 4 day old beer

I went ahead and put that 4 day old beer in the freezer and drank it.

I was expecting total ****e and was surprised the first glass had some bubbles and wasn't as cloudy as I expected. Definitely not ready of course.

Second glass was flat as a pancake and cloudy and yucky. But I forced it down.

Then came the massive stomach ache

I have an allergy and not really sure what it is but if I eat corn chips for example I get a massive stomach ache. Not the "runs"... just a huge cramping pain in the lower stomach... and it was the same last night after drinking the beer.

I hope like crazy that leaving the beer to age properly and making sure I leave half an inch or so in the bottom of the bottle (750ml) will result in no more stomach ache... otherwise I'm going to cry... lol



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Old 01-04-2009, 05:40 PM   #2
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it 's not much of a confession if everyone does it the first time.


as for the yeast issue, some people do have a bad reaction to the live yeast the first few times they drink unpastuerized beer. in most people this does go away a few need to keg and crash cool to soothe the gut.



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Old 01-04-2009, 05:56 PM   #3
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I pay a similar price if I sneak an early pint. It's a simple reminder to stop cheating.

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Old 01-04-2009, 05:56 PM   #4
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I win I win I win.. I won both of for breaking down and for stomache ache..

Seriously though....hmmm. This was a Cooper's Sparkling Draught wasn't it?

Do you have problems drinking the real cooper's draught?

I have a couple of thoughts.. if you have a corn allergy and the beer you are drinking has corn as an adjunct that might be your problem...which is ok, that just means you brew and drink all malt beers.

You could have an allergy to the yeast in homebrew and bottle conditioned beers, which may or may not be a problem if you get enough out of suspension (by long primary and cold crashing)...I'm thinking this is rare, because if it were the case you would probably have discomfort with any bottle conditioned beers, homebrew or otherwise, as well as any cask served real ales. I DON'T THINK this is the case...It's really a rare disorder from my reading.

Your stomach isn't used to it yet (it takes time) and because the beer hasn't fully conditioned you drank more than normal (also did you leave the yeast in the bottom, by stopping the pour when the yeast got to the shoulder of the bottle?) This is my biggest bet (and punishment for snaking early green beer)

You have a gluten allergy...But that would mean you couldn't eat bread products at all (and would not be able to drink any beers made with barley or Wheat...

I betcha it's either corn adjuncts in the coopers draught (most sparkling ales/lagers use corn as an adjunct to thin it out)

Or you just aren't used to the yeast yet...

I'm about to start brewing, so I don't have time to dig through any info...but if I think of something I'll post back or PM you...

Hang in there...

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I have a couple of thoughts.. if you have a corn allergy and the beer you are drinking has corn as an adjunct that might be your problem...which is ok, that just means you brew and drink all malt beers.
i have issues with fresh corn on the cob, maybe that has something to do with it? my mother in law has the same problem so its not too uncomon.
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i have issues with fresh corn on the cob, maybe that has something to do with it? my mother in law has the same problem so its not too uncomon.
I had issues with a fresh corn on the cob once too! Then I had it another time and I was fine. Same with those puffy cheese flavoured corn snacks... sometimes I can get away with it and sometimes I can't. But the crisp corn chips get me everytime so I can't have them at all.

I also get the same stomach pain from seasoned wedges.
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lol Revvy, yes you win!

It was a Cooper's Lager. I haven't had any other Cooper's products before.

And yes, you're right, because I was feeling very "experimental" I tipped the whole flammin' bottle into my final glass without leaving a bit in the bottom... there was yeast stuck to the bottom of the bottle of course, but the glass of beer was VERY cloudy. I'm so bad.

I considered the gluten allergy but again you're right as I can eat bread and other products without a problem.

Thanks Revvy!

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I almost quit brewing shortly after I began back in 2007 because the beers I made *really* upset my stomach. By refining my process and simply getting used to it over time, I can now drink pretty much anything that doesn't have a lot of roasted grains in them (and I don't enjoy those styles of beer anyway).

What's giving most people problems at first is the yeast and starch hazes. You can minimize that by being patient and doing extended primaries to let the beer clear nicely before bottling, and putting the bottles in the fridge a couple of days before drinking. Then, if you pour carefully and avoid getting the bottle sediment into the glass, you'll be in much better shape. Maybe avoid beers like Witbier and Hefeweizen (which are loaded with suspended yeast) for the time being until your system gets used to the goodness of homebrewed beer.

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I almost quit brewing shortly after I began back in 2007 because the beers I made *really* upset my stomach. By refining my process and simply getting used to it over time, I can now drink pretty much anything that doesn't have a lot of roasted grains in them (and I don't enjoy those styles of beer anyway).

What's giving most people problems at first is the yeast and starch hazes. You can minimize that by being patient and doing extended primaries to let the beer clear nicely before bottling, and putting the bottles in the fridge a couple of days before drinking. Then, if you pour carefully and avoid getting the bottle sediment into the glass, you'll be in much better shape. Maybe avoid beers like Witbier and Hefeweizen (which are loaded with suspended yeast) for the time being until your system gets used to the goodness of homebrewed beer.

Thanks, yes I'm hoping that will be the answer. I will make the next glass I drink a lot cleaner and see how it goes.
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I had issues with a fresh corn on the cob once too! Then I had it another time and I was fine. Same with those puffy cheese flavoured corn snacks... sometimes I can get away with it and sometimes I can't. But the crisp corn chips get me everytime so I can't have them at all.

I also get the same stomach pain from seasoned wedges.
i wont eat corn on the cob anymore because of it. it kills me though, that was one of my favorite foods!


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