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Old 07-08-2013, 09:41 PM   #1
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Default Driving cross country with fermenting beer in a carboy

Is this going to get me into trouble if I run into law enforcement?

I'm visiting a buddy and we were saying it would be cool to bring a couple of carboys and brew a batch and take my half home with me.

I'm sure a keg would be the ideal way to do this, but it won't work out at this time.

Any thoughts?

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Old 07-08-2013, 09:47 PM   #2
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I would be more worried about shaking the hell out of the carboy during the trip, possibly breaking the carboy, and trying to regulate the temperature before I'd worry about what law enforcement might do.

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Why not just have him mail your half once its finished and bottled?

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How do you drive cross country when you start in the middle?

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it's a lambic and will be sitting in the fermentor for at least a year. I'm using better bottles to avoid the risk of breaking, and will wrap them and have the AC in the car on the entire way (which is probably unavoidable anyways).

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I'd be more worried the cop would think it's something from a mobile meth lab and call the whole force out thinking he just stopped Mr. Big.

But really.....a lambic in a better bottle should be fine. I'd take a milk crate lined with a towel or some foam so the plastic doesn't rub. If you know someone that has an old child seat from their baby, that might work pretty good as long as the better bottle fits in it. Buckle that bad boy in and hit the road.

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Anyone know if CO2 would be a problem? I don't know how airtight cars are, or how much CO2 one carboy could give off in ~5 hours between stops.

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Anyone know if CO2 would be a problem? I don't know how airtight cars are, or how much CO2 one carboy could give off in ~5 hours between stops.
I'll add that I know you'll have the AC on. I'm not thinking a lethal amount of CO2, just enough to impair driving. My question really is a hypothetical: in an enclosed car with no airflow, would a fermenting carboy create enough CO2 to make someone dizzy?
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