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Old 04-10-2011, 07:17 PM   #1
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Default swmbo getting headaches from my brews?

What could be causing this? I usually ferment at 70 degrees and am beginning to think that it is too high. She says she's gotten headaches with all my beers, 4 total so far! Eek!
They've all exibited somewhat of a cidery smell and taste, less when I ferment a bit lower. Help!
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:25 PM   #2
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maybe fusel alcohols? Try fermenting lower.
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:26 PM   #3
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How many did she have at once?
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:28 PM   #4
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Is your fermenting temperature the actual temperature of the beer or of the room? If it's the room, then that could be the problem. Fermentation itself produces heat, and I've seen fermenting beer be 8-10 degrees higher than ambient air temperature. If that's the case, I would be that is your problem.

Another thing to consider is recipe. I noticed that beers with more simple sugars in them tend to give me a headace. Maybe it's the higher alcohol content, but I'm not so sure about that.
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How many did she have at once?
yeah, tell her not to have some many. hahaha
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I kick off my ferments around 73 or so. Then after 24 hours if I can see active fermentation I drop it down to the low to mid 60's. If you can control your temps give it a shot.
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:36 PM   #7
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Could she be gluten intolerant and not know it?
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Gluten intolerance would show up with any commercial beer and tends to cause GI upset more than headache.
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My SWMBO was getting headaches from my brew too. Turns out it they were just hangovers from drinking too much of it...
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90 of people with gluten intolerance are latent/undiagnosed. Often the symptoms for adults are more vague, like headaches and fatigue. I can't tell the GI symptoms as much as I can feel the migraines when I get gluten.
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