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Old 04-28-2013, 10:24 AM   #1
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Stupid question does anyone get bad headaches from there brew? If I drink one or 6 I've been getting bad headache. Just seeing if anyone else has ran into this.

 
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:47 AM   #2
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I haven't but I vaguely recall someone on here before mentioning something about it. Think he said it turned out to be a gluten issue? Or something I don't recall properly but your not the first I've heard someone complaining about headaches from Homebrew.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:28 AM   #3
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My understanding (and my experience matches) is that fusel alcohol will give you a hangover-like headache. My first brew, I had no temperature control or chiller, so I pitched the yeast too warm ad fermented at the top and above the yeasts ideal range.

I would be almost through my first beer and feel a hangover coming on. I wasn't even feeling buzzed yet, and I felt like I had been out the night before.

Temp control is better now and no more headaches. Anecdotal, I know. But I believe it.

 
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:01 PM   #4
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I get an instant headache after getting half way through a bud light platinum. I don't have gluten issues, so I assume its something else in the formula and stay away. Trial and error would be my suggestion.

This is more to wine, but a few of my wino friends can't handle tannins. Maybe allergies?

 
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:15 PM   #5
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Stupid question does anyone get bad headaches from there brew? If I drink one or 6 I've been getting bad headache. Just seeing if anyone else has ran into this.
this does sound like it might be related to fusel alcohol. what temp do you pitch at, and what is the room temp where you ferment (considering your beer will be around 5 degrees higher internally)?
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:00 PM   #6
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Another vote for fusels.

Which yeast and what temp did you ferment at?

 
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:35 PM   #7
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+1 fermentation.

Control your temps, don't pitch too warm. Keep the fermentation in the 60s as a general rule. 68 seems to be the sweet spot for ales. Of course there are exceptions. After fermentation has slowed, not as important. I have a plastic rough tote bin that I fill with water. In the winter I use an aquarium heater to warm up, and in warmer months I use some 1liter soda bottles with ice inside to cool down.

 
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:40 PM   #8
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Sorry, I should have mentioned that I put the fermenter in the rough tote and water to control temps. And this probably works better with a glass carboy. I might not do it with plastic.

 
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:50 PM   #9
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+1 fermentation.

Control your temps, don't pitch too warm. Keep the fermentation in the 60s as a general rule. 68 seems to be the sweet spot for ales. Of course there are exceptions. After fermentation has slowed, not as important. I have a plastic rough tote bin that I fill with water. In the winter I use an aquarium heater to warm up, and in warmer months I use some 1liter soda bottles with ice inside to cool down.
68*F is more like the sweet spot at which to finish most ale fermentations. Pitch and begin in the low-mid 60's. Keep it there a week before slowly raising it up to finish. These are fermenter temps, not surrounding air.

The OP's headache issue is likely fusel alcohol from warm pitching/fermenting. Bad news, that doesn't condition out.
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Old 04-29-2013, 12:02 AM   #10
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this does sound like it might be related to fusel alcohol. what temp do you pitch at, and what is the room temp where you ferment (considering your beer will be around 5 degrees higher internally)?
I pitch it about about 65 and the temp on my fermenter was around 62-65. This was my beer I will take any advice

 
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