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Old 09-03-2012, 06:05 AM   #1
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Why does my home brew wteak me so bad compared to regular beer?

 
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:21 AM   #2
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Could be a number of reasons. What kind of beer do you normally drink and what kind do you brew? If you're used to most big name beers (bud, miller, Coors) then very often the abv is simply low.

 
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:33 AM   #3
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Yeah i drink miller lite... is it simply the fact of abv due to filtering

 
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:44 AM   #4
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Not from filtering, yeast don't affect you other bad gas if you get a ton of yeast. But yeah the higher abv is probably it. And carbonation gets it into your system faster than flat mixed drinks and hard liquors.

What kind of beers have you been brewing?

 
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:53 AM   #5
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Mainly ales in the 5.5 and up ranges did a stout that came in at 5.7 and an ipa that came in at 6.5.

 
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:18 AM   #6
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Hops (in the same taxonomic family as marijuana, Cannabaceae) are thought to have alkaloids that are mildly sedative. It's possible that the typically MUCH higher hopping rates of homebrew compared to BMC are at least partially responsible for what you experience, but it's not a huge area of research, so I can't say so definitively.

Edit: more likely is the higher ABV, not due to filtering but from brewing higher gravity and/or more highly attenuated beer.

 
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:21 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by emjay
Hops (in the same taxonomic family as marijuana, Cannabaceae) are thought to have alkaloids that are mildly sedative. It's possible that the typically MUCH higher hopping rates of homebrew compared to BMC are at least partially responsible for what you experience, but it's not a huge area of research, so I can't say so definitively.
I support this. I remember the first really big hoppy beer I had, Hop Stoopid. It hit me like a ton of bricks. Since then, my research has forced me to conclude that hops are definitely psychoactive

 
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:24 AM   #8
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agree with the above posters. the ABV in miller lite is around 4% flat. if you're drinking 5.5-6.5 percent brews than you're seeing a significant increase in alcohol content.

 
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Old 09-03-2012, 01:10 PM   #9
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I just (2 days ago) poured a weizen I brewed that came in at a 8.3 abv, didn't eat yet and got a buzz from it. Granted I do nit drink a lot, but my brews usually come in at about a 7.5, just that slight diff can make you feel it.
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Old 09-03-2012, 04:08 PM   #10
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Hey thanks guys. I posted this last night when i had drank a few. I figure its the higher abv because i had gotten to the point a 12 pack of miller lite would barely touch me. then i started home brewing and whoa it was like that first beer when you were a kid. Got that upper lip going numb then the room went flying.

 
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