From the HBD Archive
From: Pete Soper <>
Subject: hops (for the last time this month!)
Date: 1990-03-28 21:29:21 GMT

Some guy rumored to live in Oregon recently said:

>Last time, I mentioned Papazain's comments about hops and dreaming. For a
>long time, I've suspected that there are ingredients in hops that account
>for part of the feeling of "well being" that comes from drinking home brew.

Let me tell you about the first batch of beer I made where I added hops.
It was perhaps my 3rd brew and after adding the hops I watched the
boil for a long time because I didn't know that once a boil stabilizes it
stays stable until something more is added (more or less :-). Anyway, there
I was, standing over this pot that was boiling like mad with volatile hop
compounds flying around. About an hour after pitching the yeast I
noticed I was feeling sleepy. Very sleepy. In fact I felt half-paralyzed.
There was no "well being" involved - just a very heavy sleepiness. I spent the
evening sprawled out. My wife got a slight case of the same effect (second
hand steam?) and I resolved to spend less time near the boil in the future.

- --Pete (had my last name a long time - no jokes please) Soper

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