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capoeirista13
06-21-2009, 09:01 PM
So since I have started brewing, there have been 2 occasions where there were necessary conditions for me to get good and drunk off of my own creations. The conditions are...
1.) I have enough of it to get me drunk.
2.) I actually like what I made.

Well after both of the occasions where I got drunk off of my own product I noticed a very unique feeling the next day. Usually after a night of drinking I find it exceedingly difficult to wake up the next day, and I am very dehydrated. However after both of the nights I've drank meads/cysers I woke up the next day and still felt drunk, even after a long time asleep, and I wasn't really dehydrated. Except it was like the best drunk ever. I had all of the light happy feelings I get when drunk, with next to none of the lack of coordination. Even the hangover, which came after being conscious for a few hours, wasn't too bad.

So, what are everyone else's experiences (good or bad) with being drunk off of honey?

akueck
06-21-2009, 11:46 PM
When I've had mead hangovers, they are really brutal. I've been a lot better lately at mixing water into the drinking so not much in the way of next-day effects for awhile now. Otherwise I find the experience similar to wine or beer, with the one exception of the prickly pear cyser. Cactus = :drunken_smilie:

JB175
06-22-2009, 12:02 AM
Its pretty rare that I get wasted off mead alone - usually its prior to or following a good deal of beer or wine. I will say that my nastiest hangover in quite some time came from a full bottle+ of red wine and several of my meads I poured at a little party my wife and I hosted. Not being able to hold a wine thief still while taking barrel samples should have been my first clue that the next morning would be rough....

Dan McFeeley
06-22-2009, 01:55 AM
Mead has had a reputation in the past of producing some really nasty hangovers, but this was also in the days when there were much more poorly made meads. With so many more great meads out there, commercial and made in the home. I've been thinking the old ideas need to be revamped.

I gave a co-worker a bottle of mead and afterwards he told me it was different from other beverages -- he called it "a happy drunk." When I was at the 2004 International Mead Festival, I listened to a conversation between to people on having alcohol present at a large gathering like this. The response was "They're mead drinkers!", i.e., nothing is going to happen.

So, that's been my hypothesis. We know about "mean drunks," usually people that combine hard liquor and beer, or maybe they're just plain mean drunks, but I'm guessing that mead produces very few of these.

Medsen Fey
06-22-2009, 11:15 AM
When I was at the 2004 International Mead Festival, I listened to a conversation between to people on having alcohol present at a large gathering like this. The response was "They're mead drinkers!", i.e., nothing is going to happen.


Hmmph. I guess we need to raid one of their villages and haul away their women in a longboat. That'll teach'em to have some respect! :D

I have had some pounding mead headaches. Fusel alcohols certainly are prone to causing worse hangovers, and in my ongoing battle with the fusels, they've certainly given some good licks.

Vino
06-22-2009, 12:27 PM
It has been a few years since I consumed enough alcohol to worry about the affects of a hangover, however from past experience I have found that avoiding sweet drinks usually resulted in less bad mornings. So when I drink it is usually straight liquor on ice or with a beer chaser (no juice or soda), dry red wine (no sweet whites), and dry mead. This has worked for me, and I can honestly say I’ve never had a mead hangover…YET!

skunkboy
06-22-2009, 01:13 PM
I've been warned by various people I've met over the last couple of years to watch out because your first real mead hangover tends to be a lulu, but I haven't had too many issues with this. Maybe because I drink enough to enjoy what I'm bottling and then lay around for the rest of the evening...

akueck
06-22-2009, 02:33 PM
Hmmph. I guess we need to raid one of their villages and haul away their women in a longboat. That'll teach'em to have some respect! :D

Planning for IMF 2010 already? Yarr! Where be the wenches?!? Hmm, too piratey... What is Nordic for "yarr"?

Sasper
06-22-2009, 02:37 PM
I think its Oi! Oi Wench!

CBiebel
06-23-2009, 02:20 AM
Well, I've had a few traditional meads that I've made (and some of the Redstone traditional and melomels). I've also had too much of my JAO batches.

My personal experience:

I never had a hangover problem with any of the meads, except for the JAOs. However, the JAOs gave me seriously bad hangovers (in fact, some of the worst hangovers I've ever had).

My theory on this is that it depends on what's in it. In the case of the JAOs, I think it's either the cinnamon or cloves that enhance the hangover effect.

Meriadoc
07-27-2009, 04:40 PM
Well, I've had a few traditional meads that I've made (and some of the Redstone traditional and melomels). I've also had too much of my JAO batches.

My personal experience:

I never had a hangover problem with any of the meads, except for the JAOs. However, the JAOs gave me seriously bad hangovers (in fact, some of the worst hangovers I've ever had).

My theory on this is that it depends on what's in it. In the case of the JAOs, I think it's either the cinnamon or cloves that enhance the hangover effect.

I'm with Vino on this one ... aside from mixing liquors, the one thing that invites hangover hell is sweetness. And, IIRC, one of the hallmarks of the JAO is that it's pretty sweet (since you're using a bread yeast, which isn't able to ferment to dry). So, stick with dry or semi-dry meads, and you'll be fine. (Or, just make sure you get plenty of water before you go to sleep, and maybe some aspirin, and you'll be just fine...!)

Merry

Sasper
07-27-2009, 11:31 PM
Mead gives me the shits. :)

Kee
07-28-2009, 01:05 AM
Medsen Fey, maybe it's not so much the mead drinking but the pillaging and plundering that causes your nasty morning afters.

Meriadoc
07-28-2009, 10:45 AM
Mead gives me the shits. :)

Actually, I'm betting it's not the mead, but the lees. Any homebrew will likely have sediment at the bottom, and generally, a quiet pour will leave most of it in the bottle. Now, don't get me wrong, you CAN drink the sediment if you want, but the expired little yeasties make a fine laxative, and hence, Sasper, your observation...! :D

Medsen Fey
07-28-2009, 10:49 AM
Mead gives me the shits. :)

Residual sugars also can be a problem for many people. The intestinal bacteria can chew them up giving gas and loose stool. Dry meads cause much less problem.

Sasper
07-28-2009, 12:10 PM
Residual sugars also can be a problem for many people. The intestinal bacteria can chew them up giving gas and loose stool. Dry meads cause much less problem.


Actually, I'm betting it's not the mead, but the lees. Any homebrew will likely have sediment at the bottom, and generally, a quiet pour will leave most of it in the bottle. Now, don't get me wrong, you CAN drink the sediment if you want, but the expired little yeasties make a fine laxative, and hence, Sasper, your observation...! :D

The wonderful world of science!! :)

Fishbone
07-28-2009, 03:22 PM
I've had some blistering hang-overs from the mead that I've made...especially a spiced and oaked cyser...I still have about 20 bottles that are aging in the cellar. I say "aging" because I can still remember that 2-day hang-over and I am too scared to drink them. Honorable mentions go to an Imperial IPA that I made a while ago.

wildoates
07-29-2009, 12:12 AM
I've never been hung over and I do not ever want to be--I can't see making myself sick on purpose.

:)

I had the most barfy pregnancies imaginable--started hurling with the first one within 2 weeks of conception, and kept doing so repeatedly, EVERY DAY until the day she was born. I can't believe I ever did it again. So no...don't EVEN want to go there.

:puke:

Meriadoc
07-29-2009, 12:23 PM
I've had some blistering hang-overs from the mead that I've made...especially a spiced and oaked cyser...I still have about 20 bottles that are aging in the cellar. I say "aging" because I can still remember that 2-day hang-over and I am too scared to drink them. Honorable mentions go to an Imperial IPA that I made a while ago.

Hmm... you wouldn't, by chance, need the address of a licensed "mead disposal" specialist, now, would you? ;) I offer very reasonable rates for the service!!!

wayneb
07-29-2009, 12:32 PM
"Will Drink for MEAD!!"

;D

soupninja
07-31-2009, 07:38 PM
My first time drunk on mead was at a ren fair here in texas. It was a fun, light hearted, dance with the muscians , and hang out with the troll on the bridge kinda drunk. As I knew I had to drive home I started drinking water and was completly sober and suffered none of the side effects of normal drinking. so 4 20oz cups of mead in a total of 5 hours with three to sober up on water, no problems what so ever.

Also had three bottles of comercial to my self when I went camping a few months ago, did'nt experience a hangover then either. I guess it depends on the person with mead. i do know this, I would rather drink mead than beer or grape wine any day : )