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Old 03-21-2006, 12:21 AM   #1
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What are your thoughts on hangovers (headaches) caused by homebrew vs. typical American beer like Bud/Miller/Coors?

Which is worse and and why?

I can only seem to drink a couple of bottles of my SNPA clone on steroids at a time (but gawd is it good at the time).

I guess that is why we have whats called session beers?

 
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Old 03-21-2006, 12:45 AM   #2
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I'm just the opposite. I can drink my homebrew all night and the worse thing that happens is I have a bad case of the beerfarts the next day. If I'm out and drink any BMCs on tap, that's when I get a headache
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Old 03-21-2006, 12:46 AM   #3
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I find that my hangovers are much less with HB than with megaswill. After the initial dryness is solved with fluid (most often another HB to set me straight) I'm usually good to go. I find I don't get the '12" spike going through my brain' headache like I do with commercial beers. Hooray for vitamin B!
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Old 03-21-2006, 12:57 AM   #4
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Homebrew has less. It's the yeast. Both for the beer fahts and the lack of a nasty hangover.

All those vitamins!
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I've never gotten a headache from my home brew but honestly I've never gotten drunk from it. Well I did once a long time ago at a retirement party but I had plenty of BMC after my home brew was gone. Even then I didn't get a headache.
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Old 03-21-2006, 01:03 AM   #6
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I've been drunk plenty on my homebrew. Not sloppy fallen down drunk, but several levels past "mellow", but I've never had a hangover from it.

If you use CO2 it's the gas.

Did you use honey? It's the impurities you did not skim off the top.
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Old 03-21-2006, 01:21 AM   #7
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Homebrew is more of a food than MBC. The carbs make HB more filling, more satisfying and the alcohol is absorbed more slowly. More flavor means you drink it slowly (relatively speaking). Even at Hop Madness where I drank HB all day and didn't eat at all, I didn't get a hangover. The B vitamins help.

I have on two occasions gotten sick on HB, but it took sampling all day on a double batch day each time. Felt ok in the morning.
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Old 03-21-2006, 01:35 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by homebrewer_99
If you use CO2 it's the gas.

Did you use honey? It's the impurities you did not skim off the top.

Nope, didn't use any honey in the batch. I did use close to a cup of corn sugar for carbonating. Even an hour after I walked away from half a glass last night, I came back and it still had a head on it! Maybe my headache came because I poured 12 oz glasses of real SNPA and of my 7+% abv clone at the same time, and drank them both down in about ten minutes. Then I had some more of the clone... lol

 
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Old 03-21-2006, 01:42 AM   #9
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I've never had a hangover from HB, but it's because I've never gotten drunk off of it alone. One night though I had three Humble Pie Imperial Stouts (7.5% ABV) and two Seamus's (3.5% ABV) before breaking into my Sierra Bigfoot Ale, of which I had three. I didn't have a hangover the next morning.

Also, if I have enough B/M/C to get me drunk, I will have a hangover, no question about it.
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Old 03-21-2006, 02:03 AM   #10
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How do you define "drunk?"

I've never gotten a hangover from my homebrew. I've gotten a bit relaxed on occasion from drinking it, though. For example on brewing days I've found that it seems to take at least 4 bottles to get the beer into the primary and the yeast pitched.

 
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