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Old 08-19-2013, 09:11 PM   #1
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Default Electrolyte Beer for Runners

I just read an article from Gizmodo about some scientists who tried to create a beer that rehydrates rather than dehydrates. They simply added electrolytes.

As a distance runner and homebrewer, I think this would be an awesome thing to try. You can get all sorts of flavorless electrolyte powders, but I don't know if they will have an effect on the brewing process such as PH change, conversion problems, or inhibiting fermentation. Here's a link to a product (Endurolytes) that I have at home. Do you think this sort of thing would cause problems? Changes to my process? Any other thoughts?

Thanks in advance for the help.
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:18 PM   #2
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What *are* these electrolytes? Do you even know?
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:03 PM   #3
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You can see in the link that the description of Enduralytes lists a series of things like sodium, calcium, manganese, magnesium, et al.

I found the ingredients on this website.
Sodium Chloride - 100 mg.
Calcium (Chelate) - 50 mg.
Magnesium (Chelate) - 25 mg.
Potassium (Chelate) - 25 mg.
Vitamin B-6 (Pyrodoxine HCL) - 6.7mg.
Manganese (Chelate) - 1.6 mg.
L-Tyrosine - 17 mg.
Glycine - 50 mg
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:09 PM   #4
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I want to brew with Pedialyte, maybe would be similar? I posted a thread about this minutes before the OP did. I bet we were typing at the same time. SCIENCE!

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/holy...cience-427613/
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:21 PM   #5
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Why not just drink whatever sports recovery drink you like after exercise and then drink a good beer you brewed instead of focusing on this "electrolyte beer" nonsense.
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:27 PM   #6
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Beer would be a perfect recovery drink if it didn't have negative effects on electrolytes in the body. Give it some electrolytes and you have a much better tasting sports drink.

Plus, homebrewing is supposed to be about experimentation and trying your own thing. Why bash something I'm interested in?

(Edit: Electrolytes help with hangovers, too. HowstuffWorks has an article about it)
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:47 PM   #7
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I agree. I think it is all about experimentation. It is a "why not?" situation in my book. I know after a good long run I enjoy a beer. Why not get the best of both worlds?
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:40 PM   #8
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Alcohol is always gonna dehydrate you there is no way around that other drinking water. Adding electrolytes is all well and good but it's never going to hydrate you. It's like putting reduced fat cheese on a Big Mac. You can do it but what are you solving?
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Of course alcohol will dehydrate, but extra electrolytes will help the body recover. Maybe you don't take it as a running supplement, but a hangover supplement.

So far, lots of posts, but no help. Anyone with something positive to say?
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:51 PM   #10
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I don't see why you couldn't add them post fermentation so as to avoid any issues with mash PH, conversion, or the fermentation itself.

This sounds like a really cool idea that may work. I'm wondering how you would figure out how much should be added to see the effects.
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