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Title: Allergies and beer.
Post by: euge on October 05, 2010, 06:43:33 AM
Am I the only one that oftentimes chooses a beer solely upon the state of my sinuses?  ??? Cedar, Ragweed, mold etc really disrupts my senses. Suddenly beers become insipid. Acidic. Why do I drink this stuff again...?

But sometimes a bolder beer shines through. Rarely though. Save the expensive stuff for better days and go for the homebrew shandy. :P
Title: Re: Allergies and beer.
Post by: beerocd on October 05, 2010, 11:49:18 AM
Actually I think certain beers worsen my sinuses. All I can guess is it depends on the yeast used? But definitely noticed some beers by the second or third one will have a negative impact on my sinuses.
Title: Re: Allergies and beer.
Post by: jeffy on October 05, 2010, 11:53:53 AM
I seem to get this same negative impact after a night of drinking Belgians.  Not sure why.
It would be a shame to find out I'm allergic to beer  :o
Title: Re: Allergies and beer.
Post by: 1vertical on October 05, 2010, 12:44:01 PM
I don't think it messes up the sinuses, BUT a lot of ppl are sensitive to Gluten.
That said, there are gluten free beers. I have not tried any yet.  But I have cut down
on my consumption of bread and pasta and have discovered a new level of energy...

Hate to think I have to start brewing gluten free beer...but I know I have the technology!
Title: Re: Allergies and beer.
Post by: EHall on October 05, 2010, 04:37:42 PM
I have 2 friends who are allergic to hops... I just can't fathom that! not being able to drink beer... but one of them says he can drink about 2 Coronas with little to no effect. The other one can't go anywhere near any beer without reacting. As for the gluten free beers, I've tried a couple, there not bad. Unfortunately, they use rice in them too... I just don't like rice in my beer. But studies keep showing that gluten allergies are on the rise, more and more folks are developing this allergy. Some say its due to so much processed food.. I would tend to agree, like the guy said above, change your diet up and watch with wonder how much better you'll feel... and hopefully get to enjoy more beer!
Title: Re: Allergies and beer.
Post by: euge on October 05, 2010, 05:03:38 PM
I had to swear off Belgian beers for a long time. Something about them irritated my GI tract. Now the occasional one is OK. I've had the three Belgian gluten-free beers. Don't remember the name off hand but "not bad" would have been too kind of a description. I couldn't finish one of them! :D
Title: Re: Allergies and beer.
Post by: tschmidlin on October 05, 2010, 05:17:35 PM
Being allergic to hops can't be as bad as being allergic to gluten.  I've had several good beers with no hops, flavored with other things. 

I've never had a good gluten-free beer though.  I think the main thing is to stop pretending it's beer.  I like tofu, as long as they're not trying to make it seem like beef - it's good in its own right.  They need to stop trying to make the gluten-free beers taste like beer, and first concentrate on making them taste good. :)
Title: Re: Allergies and beer.
Post by: alikocho on October 05, 2010, 07:48:35 PM
I have a friend who seems to be allergic to the live yeast present in bottle conditioned beers and ciders. The issue seems to affect her GI tract, and she's given up drinking my homebrew.

Has anyone heard of this? Is there a way around it other than pasteurizing or filtering (neither of which I'm that keen to do).
Title: Re: Allergies and beer.
Post by: tschmidlin on October 05, 2010, 08:03:23 PM
It seems strange, especially since yeast is all over a lot of things we eat every day (fresh fruit and veggies for example).  Do all bottle conditioned beers bother her, or just your homebrewed ones?  It could be a dose problem, too much bothers her - and dead yeast doesn't?  Weird.

Anyway, filtration is really the best solution at home I think.  Some homebrewers do it, but I never have.  I don't know any homebrewers who pasteurize, but YMMV.
Title: Re: Allergies and beer.
Post by: alikocho on October 05, 2010, 08:07:32 PM
She's had the same problem with commercial unfiltered and unpasteurized cider, so it's the yeast that seems to be the issue.

Title: Re: Allergies and beer.
Post by: EHall on October 06, 2010, 08:35:53 PM
she needs to go see a specialist and get tested 1. for allergies, and 2. to dig deeper into her GI tract issues. The yeast in beer, wine, cider etc is not bad yeast, but if its upsetting her when ingested then its reacting with something in her system... could be that the 'yeast/fauna' in her tract doesn't agree with it. Her diet could be a cause of that... only the Dr will be able to tell you for sure. In the mean time, be nice to her and drink her share!
Title: Re: Allergies and beer.
Post by: amish electrician on October 07, 2010, 01:27:21 AM
I have a friend who seems to be allergic to the live yeast present in bottle conditioned beers and ciders. The issue seems to affect her GI tract, and she's given up drinking my homebrew.

Has anyone heard of this? Is there a way around it other than pasteurizing or filtering (neither of which I'm that keen to do).

It's not just that you are pouring her last and giving her all the gut transit time enhancing yeast slug, is it?  ;)   "Ugh, every time I drink your homebrew I feel like I've got music in my body and it has to get out." ;D