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Postby yooper » Thu Feb 07, 2002 12:30 pm

Just to let all of you who helped me in the past with what I called flavor problems I would again like to give you all a big Upper Michigan Thanks Eh!!! The last batch turned out much better. I just have to watch the temperature at which I pitch my yeast. The next question has to do with ingredients.
I am fortunate enough to live in an area where I can make my own maple syrup and can usually produce about 3 gallons every spring. What I've been doing is experimenting with maple syrup as an adjunt ingredient and the last batch as I mentioned was much better using maple syrup. The question I have is this. Are there any adverse effects that using maple syrup, honey, etc... that I should be aware of? And if there are what can be done to avoid those effects?

Thanks again.
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Honey Hangovers

Postby Push Eject » Thu Feb 07, 2002 5:19 pm

There ain't no hangover like a honey hangover, Yooper. I'm not sure why (I'll bet others more informed than I can tell you).

Also, note that honey contains none of the amino acids that yeast need for nutrition; so use a nutrient. Not sure if the same goes for maple syrup.

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It isn't the sugar source... it's the fermentation temperatu

Postby Mesa Maltworks » Fri Feb 08, 2002 6:56 am

The cause of the headaches/hangovers you have noted are from the production of fusal alcohols by the yeast (see other post I placed on this one earlier). If you keep your fermentation below 78 degrees, this most likely will not occur. Make sure to pitch into your wort/must at 70 degrees, but preferrably lower. The reason is that yeast metabolism of the sugars during vigorous fermentation can raise the wort/must temperature by up to 12 degrees ! The average seems to be 7 degrees in my case. This is where most homebrewers get into trouble with this topic.
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It's not the Honey

Postby mmmmbeer » Sun Feb 10, 2002 5:38 am

According to Men's Health this month, taking a couple of teaspoons of honey, prior to or after drinking, may reduce your hangover. I haven't tried it yet, but it beats a raw egg!
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Acetaldehyde

Postby kingoftheharpies » Fri Feb 22, 2002 12:38 pm

This is a by product of fermentation...this is what gives you the headaches.
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yup, it's the fusels

Postby entguy » Thu Apr 11, 2002 12:08 pm

By in large, Mesa's got it on the numbers (again) dinging ferment temp as the main culprit here. I'd add a sidebar to mention that there are, however, variations between individuals' suceptibilities to different trace chemicals. For a anecdotal example, I have a friend who can *only* drink dark ales when they are (home)brewery fresh -- any black import is a sure hangover for him. Must be some chemical created by long-term-storage & gradual degradation....
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