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Old 12-17-2013, 06:30 PM   #1
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I am a shipping from Wisconsin to Texas via ups ground. Temps will be in the low single digits tonight. Once its south of wisconsin the forecast looks good. I know most people avoid shipping in cold tempsnbut I want to send a friend some homebrew for Christmas.

I have a 24 heat pack (like a big hand warmer thing). Should I include that? I don't want the beer to freeze but I don't want them to get too hot either.

I'm sending them out this afternoon so any help would be great!

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Old 12-17-2013, 06:34 PM   #2
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I think they should be fine. I would wait till tomorrow morning to send them though as they will probably sit if you ship them this late in the day. Shipping as early as possible tomorrow just gives it more time to move south before sitting somewhere overnight.

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I plan on shipping some beer this week and i don't plan on including any heat. Consider that most of the time the beer will not be outside, and that the packaging will insulate the beer from temporary extremes in temperature. Further, i can't think of any heat source that would not get too warm and would last more than the first several hours.

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Old 12-18-2013, 02:40 AM   #4
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I live in Chicago and get stuff shipped to me from trades all the time. I always try to have them come to my work but it will be fine

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Old 12-18-2013, 02:47 AM   #5
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I shipped from Long Island NY to Superior Wi last week, two froze. They were the two that were already chilled. The only problem I see with the hand warmer thing is that they require limited airflow. They will get hot fast with plenty of air. So, wrap it in cloth if you use it. I don't think the package spends much time in heated spaces, mostly in unheated truck boxes. Good luck.

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