From the HBD Archive
From: Crawford.WBST129@Xerox.COM
Subject: Re: Homebrew Digest #165 (May 31, 1989)
Date: 1989-06-02 12:48:18 GMT


"I'd still like to obtain a satisfactory explanation of why some
"beers produce headaches while others do not. So far, I have heard
"a lot of good ideas, but none convincing enough for my "Doubting
"Thomas" sort of skepticism. I, meanwhile, cling to the bad
"water/poor process explanations. I will give a suitable prize
"to the first person who can convince me otherwise.

I read somewhere (maybe Papazian?) that headaches caused by too much
alcohol could be the result of a vitamin B complex deficiency. It
seems that the body uses vitamin B complex in the calorie burning
process (or something like this, I'm not a biologist). When overdoing
it with beer your body uses up all the available vitamin B complex to
get rid of the alchohol. Yeast is loaded with vitamin B complex
so while drinking homebrew (or german beers) you are replenishing
the vitamin B as you are using it up. American brewers remove most
(if not all) of the yeast. Try taking some vitamin B complex the next
time you over indulge with american beer and see if this is true.

Greg Crawford

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