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my dh is a recovering alcoholic about one year, and has occasionally picked up a 12 pack of non alcoholic beer, which i dont like because he acts different when he is drinking them as opposed to coffee or tea, anyways today he bought some, and I noticed that the smell was really strong of beer, and when i walked into his room tonite it smelled like beer, I see the cans and they say non-alcoholic, but maybe im being totally paranoid, but am scared that he might have put real beer into the open cans to make it look like it was non-alcoholic beer. i see 4 empty cans. So does anyone know if non alcoholic beer still has a strong smell of beer???<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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It does. I'm not sure of the whole process, but it's got all the ingredients of real beer. I believe it just not fermented as long.
 

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Non alcoholic beer does still smell like (cheap) beer. Another thing though, is that <i>most</i> non alcoholic beers DO still contain a small amount of alcohol, so it's really probably not the best thing for an alcoholic to be drinking.
 

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Yep.... but even stinkier. It would totally make the room stink like beer.
 

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thanks for the responses, i hate him drinking that stuff because he acts like he does when used to drink real beer, listening to loud music, smoking alot and sitting in front of the comp half listening to me and the kids. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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My dh is also a recovering alcoholic.. he occasionally will pick up a 6 pack of NA beer, like maybe once a year or so. It does contain a very small amount of alcohol and it does smell like "real" beer. My dh will spread the 6 pack out over a few days he never drinks them all in one night. He likes the taste of beer and has been clean for 3 yrs this May, I don't have a problem with it because he has learned moderation with them and shows no sign of making a habit out of it. I would be concerned that your dh shows personality changes with it and seems to be using it in the same manner as an alcoholic beverage.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My dh is also a recovering alcoholic.. he occasionally will pick up a 6 pack of NA beer, like maybe once a year or so. It does contain a very small amount of alcohol and it does smell like "real" beer. My dh will spread the 6 pack out over a few days he never drinks them all in one night. He likes the taste of beer and has been clean for 3 yrs this May, I don't have a problem with it because he has learned moderation with them and shows no sign of making a habit out of it. I would be concerned that your dh shows personality changes with it and seems to be using it in the same manner as an alcoholic beverage.</div>
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i try to talk to him about it but he thinks it me being mean and trying to take away something he enjoys, he was very upset and i don't even want to bring it up again, but i do because im feeling really anxious about it all.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i try to talk to him about it but he thinks it me being mean and trying to take away something he enjoys, he was very upset and i don't even want to bring it up again, but i do because im feeling really anxious about it all.</div>
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Read carefully :<br><br><i>It shouldn't be that big of a deal. The fact that he feels it is speaks volumes.</i> I think your feelings on this are dead-on.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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It's not truly NON alcoholic either. Just low alcohol.<br><br>
There is about 0.5% by weight in NA beer. Regular beer is 3.2% for domestics, higher for imports. So six NA beers is roughly equivalent to one regular beer.<br><br>
Usually folks in abstinance programs can't have NA beer either, for that reason.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It's not truly NON alcoholic either. Just low alcohol.<br><br>
There is about 0.5% by weight in NA beer. Regular beer is 3.2% for domestics, higher for imports. So six NA beers is roughly equivalent to one regular beer.<br><br>
Usually folks in abstinance programs can't have NA beer either, for that reason.</div>
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Where do you live? (I'm assuming Utah because the laws for beer alcohol content sucks) In most states I've lived in, beer is 5.9%<br><br>
I was correct, NA beer is beer, it just hasn't fermented enough to develop a high alcohol content (DH is a brewer, I asked him)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Where do you live? (I'm assuming Utah because the laws for beer alcohol content sucks) In most states I've lived in, beer is 5.9%<br><br>
I was correct, NA beer is beer, it just hasn't fermented enough to develop a high alcohol content (DH is a brewer, I asked him)</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I grew up in a 'dry' state, so maybe that explains it. We always wanted something other than domestics - Bud, Coors, etc - because of the lower alcohol content. Everybody always talked about '3.2 beer' versus other beer.<br><br>
So, are you saying breweries make different concentrations of alcohol for different states? That seems so unlikely...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch">
 

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We have beer here that is like 9% I think the highest it can be here is 12.. but not 100% on that. But the beer I get from the bar is 9% and what I get from the store is 6.9%
 

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The big breweries really do brew different beers for the low-alcohol content states. In most of these states you can buy higher-alcohol-content beers, but just not at groceries and convenience stores. You have to go to the state-controlled liquor stores and pay a lot more money for them than you would in other states.
 

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I think it's Sam Adams that has made a really high alcohol content line of beers, it's as high as hard alcohol and most states won't sell it.<br><br>
All the major national brands do make separate batches for lower content states (often in plants in that state). DH used to take Natural Ice down to his uncle in SLC because the Natural Ice there was only like 3.2%, where is was 5.9% in Idaho.
 
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