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Old 08-12-2008, 11:52 PM   #1
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I have done some experimenting and noticed that everytime I drink homebrew in excess, I get unbelieveable hangovers that last about a day.....much more severe then the typical beer hangover.

Does anyone know why this happens and/or what can be done about it? I know that I could always just drink less of it, but that would not be practical

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Old 08-12-2008, 11:53 PM   #2
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Are you drinking bizarro homebrew? Usually hangovers are not as bad with homebrew.

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Old 08-12-2008, 11:54 PM   #3
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we could use a little more info, type of beer, alcohol content, age of the beers.

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Old 08-12-2008, 11:55 PM   #4
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I don't think I've EVER had a home brew Hangover. Except for when Too Much home brew leads to WAY too much Whiskey.
What kind are you drinking.
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Old 08-13-2008, 12:00 AM   #5
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Maybe you're fermenting really hot and getting fusels, but the B-complex vitamins in the yeast seem to keep me hangover free, and I've gotten a hangover from as few as 2 beers before.
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Old 08-13-2008, 12:06 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by elkdog View Post
Maybe you're fermenting really hot and getting fusels, but the B-complex vitamins in the yeast seem to keep me hangover free, and I've gotten a hangover from as few as 2 beers before.
Yeah, that's what I was thinking. I drink homebrew daily, and often times I drink too much. I have never, ever had a homebrew hangover. I do get hangovers from commercial beers, though- wicked bad headaches if I forget that I'm drinking commercial beer and drink more than even a couple.

If you ferment at cool temperatures, and allow it to finish, and use only malt (no extra fermentables like table sugar), you should be golden.

Could you tell us a typical process/recipe and see if we can see something that might be causing some fusel alcohols or other issues?
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Old 08-13-2008, 12:15 AM   #7
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Another thing that no one ever seems to consider...If you are use to drinking a commercial beer especially a BMC product with an ABV of under 5% and slamming a few of them...Unless you are brewing session beers then the ABV of yours will be significantly higher...So if you drink the same amount as you would a BMC, and you aren't used to it,then I could see how possibly you'd get a hangover...

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Old 08-13-2008, 12:17 AM   #8
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i have also noticed the lack of hangovers when drinking pure homebrew, but i have also noticed if i am pounding homebrew and it gets late and i decide to grab just one or two bud lights, i'll be a goner the next day...
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Old 08-13-2008, 12:30 AM   #9
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I've never gotten hangovers from beer [homebrew or otherwise]. Even this past wknd when I drank excessive amounts of homebrew into the wee hours of the night, I didn't get a hangover. What I've noticed tho is that I have a lot dreams [and weird dreams at that] whenever I drink homebrew.
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Old 08-13-2008, 12:30 AM   #10
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lower your fermentation temperatures and cut down on your ABV. make some session beers that are in the 3-4% range, that way you can just pound them down. give your beer time to ferment out completely and properly condition.
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