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Old 01-22-2009, 11:06 PM   #21
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I didn't get the effect quite as much as my drinking buddy (who recently started brewing his own), but the Cream Ale I brewed would give him wicked hangovers. We weren't getting hammered, mind you, we were drinking 4 or 5. I would have a slight headache in the morning and he would be full-blown hungover. He even told me that it was the only homebrew I had made, up to that point and since, that gave him a hangover.

All I can figure is that it was from the adjuncts, corn and/or rice.

I'm pretty sure I could get a hangover from any of my beers, but I may have to try a littler harder than I would with a commercial beer.


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Old 01-23-2009, 01:15 AM   #22
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A friend asked me why my beer didn't give him a headache, and a search turned this up:

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This topic grabbed my attention, though not because I get headaches from draft beer. I had a measly four bottles of my homebrew Saturday night - two each of two different beers - and had a hellatious headache all morning on Sunday. Now I can easily drink a bottle of wine or mead and feel great the next morning so this headache had me puzzled.

I looked online and found a reply to a similar question. The reply was given by Ed Westemeier, "Award-winning beer writer, columnist, and brewing consultant, as well as Grand Master Beer Judge."

There is a chemical that causes headaches for about 1 person in every 15. It's a natural byproduct of certain strains of brewer's yeast, not something that is added to the beer. Switching to the products of a different brewery that uses a different strain of yeast for their fermentation will often clear up the problem.

Even though the breweries that have this difficulty are aware of it, they don't change their yeast because doing so would also change the flavor of their beer.

I should mention that every strain of brewer's yeast produces this chemical byproduct, but only a few of them have it at such a high level that it affects people. The Anheuser-Busch breweries just happen to be one of the highest.
So if all else fails, try a different yeast.


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Old 01-23-2009, 01:43 AM   #23
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I used to drink whiskey and soda.
But I got hangovers.
So I switched to scoths and soda.
But I still got hangovers.
So I switched to brandy and soda.
But I still got hangovers.
So I gave up the soda.

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Old 01-23-2009, 01:49 AM   #24
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I have never really drank enough homebrew to get drunk in one sitting. I am going to have to try this when I go home later tonight...will let you all know what happens.
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Your not drinking enough
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Your not drinking enough
Well first, I cherish my homebrew so I dont really like to drink it to get drunk. If I want to get smashed or drunk, there are plenty of other brews out there.

Second, I drink enough, more then most
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I always got headaches from Draft Beer no matter who made it commercially. I have kegged all of my home brewed beer and can say that I have never experienced a headache from them. I have consumed enough to get shloshed, but the next day I have no head problem.

I used to believe it was the CO2 or the beer line crude. The article on the yeast strain as the culprit sounds interesting and I know Bud always gave the worst head bangin.

Interesting thread!

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Old 01-23-2009, 03:40 AM   #28
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I think we are missing something. More homebrew equals more gas and less hangover. Maybe the cure to a hangover is wicked gas!
I think i'm on to something.
or maybe i've had too much homebrew.
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Also, homebrew contains more satisfactrons per serving, so you don't have to drink as much as you would a commercial beer to get to your satisfactron saturation.
This is awesome. I don't know why but this little quote is like my favorite thing I've ever read on this forum.
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The last hangover I had off homebrew was when I had three of my 7.2% tripels (heh, a triple tripel) in a 90 minute period. I was drunk for a few hours and eventually passed out for a few hours. When I woke up I felt a bit ooky and slow but otherwise alright.


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