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Offline Upstate Dan

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Base Malt Allergy
« on: July 11, 2013, 07:50:34 PM »
Anyone else have this issue? 2 Row and Pilsner give me a rash on my neck, itchy throat and eyes, sneezing, etc when milling. I haven't noticed this until recently since I've been buying grain in bulk and milling my own. I never had this problem milling darker malts, though. Also, the finished brews never bother me (thankfully).

This is similar to fruit allergies I have where eating the raw fruit gives me hives, but it is fine in any other form. For example, I cannot bite into an apple, but I can eat apple pie just fine. I'm thinking there must be a connection.

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Re: Base Malt Allergy
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2013, 10:17:27 PM »
Hmmmm pie

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Re: Base Malt Allergy
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2013, 03:47:57 AM »
It's gotta be something else! It's just gotta be something else! :'(
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Re: Base Malt Allergy
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2013, 03:50:04 AM »
Beer and pie. Mmmm. Sounds like breakfast.

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Re: Base Malt Allergy
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2013, 03:57:32 AM »
Mill your grain outside? Wear long sleeves etc...
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Re: Base Malt Allergy
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2013, 04:39:44 AM »
Mill your grain outside? Wear long sleeves etc...

I would be building an enclosed milling box. And visiting an allergist.
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Re: Base Malt Allergy
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2013, 04:47:21 AM »
No reaction to the things that have been roasted, cooked, or boiled. Tell that to the allergist.
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Re: Base Malt Allergy
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2013, 05:44:17 AM »
Often the raw fruit/vegetable allergies are a reaction to the microbes on the skin. Cooked or even peeled can help. I know grain has lots of microbes of many sorts, which is why you never want grain dust getting near fermenting beer.

I wonder if the reaction is to extra passengers on the grain dust express? I also wonder if the darker roasts have less living microbes due to the higher heat of the process? Just speculating. Interesting question.

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Re: Base Malt Allergy
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2013, 06:00:27 AM »
you are probably having more of an irritant reaction to the dust instead of an actual allergic  reaction. think of it as though sneezing when some one sprays pepper in your nose. doesn't mean you are allergic to the pepper.   follow euge's advice and cover up a bit, good ventilation. or the alternate strategy "Honey, come mill my grain" 8) (not a doctor approved strategy)
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Re: Base Malt Allergy
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2013, 06:27:41 AM »
...grain has lots of microbes of many sorts, which is why you never want grain dust getting near fermenting beer.
One of the biggest sources of contamination in a brewery.
And I would lean towards what Weithman5 says, most likely an irritation reaction. But don't hesitate to check with your doctor. Better safe than sorry.
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Re: Base Malt Allergy
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2013, 06:57:10 AM »
All good advice. I think weithman5 and wactuary are on to something, but I will follow up with the doc. Next time I'll use sleeves, gloves and a mask.