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Old 01-16-2013, 02:48 PM   #1
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I'd like to send some bottles from my latest batch to my brother-in-law, who lives in Tampa, Florida. I'm in Maryland. I was thinking I could just box up a couple of bottles, and send them off. That raises two questions in my mind, and I'm wondering if anyone here knows the answer(s).

1. Is this legal? I'm not selling it, but I am shipping it across state lines.
2. Will it be drinkable? I'm sure the agitation from shipping won't be good for it, and all of the sediment will get suspended in the beer. Would a few days' rest cure that?

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Old 01-16-2013, 02:51 PM   #2
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1. yes, but tell them its olive oil

2. yes, but have him refreigerate a few days before drinking

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Old 01-16-2013, 02:55 PM   #3
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People ship things for competitions all the time but the post office won't take it if they know it's beer. It's best to label them yeast samples or something similar.

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Old 01-16-2013, 02:55 PM   #4
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I have heard that it is illegal to ship USPS, but with FedEx and UPS, it is just against their policy. I would play it safe and send it FedEx/UPS. Here is some more information,

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Old 01-16-2013, 02:56 PM   #5
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Yea just don't mention what it is and make sure its tightly packaged in a box they won't have to repackage. Anytime they've asked me I just say its homemade hot sauce, though sometimes they don't even ask.

As long as they give the bottles a few days in the fridge they should be fine.
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:57 PM   #6
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I've been told that saying it's "yeast samples for examination" or something works, too.

Right now I'm trying to figure out how to send some to my brother in Canada.

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Old 01-16-2013, 02:58 PM   #7
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1. Absolutely illegal via USPS. Seems to be against policy for UPS and FedEx, but they're both used by a lot of brewers to submit competition entries. As long as you pack it well so that they don't break and make a mess I think you'll be fine. That said, it could be against some state laws...for example sometimes state laws only allow homebrewing for "personal use" but I doubt you'd find many prosecutors that would be willing to charge you unless it appeared you were trying to sell your brew.
2. Let it settle for a couple days and it should be fine.

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Old 01-16-2013, 02:59 PM   #8
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Good information, everyone. Thanks!

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Old 01-16-2013, 03:00 PM   #9
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Also don't ship USPS because it is illegal to ship it that way. Check out the DIY forum where there is a sticky containing a detailed tutorial for shipping beer.
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:01 PM   #10
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I send them UPS labeled "liquid yeast samples". I wrap bubble wrap around each bottle,then again around both bottles,taping them as I go. Then put the bundle inside a doubled up blue plastic bag,& tie tightly shut.More bubble wrap around that,& another double blue bag. Pad the box on top,bottom & both sides with more bubble wrap or foam peanuts to where the bundle can't move around at all. Tape box shut & mark all sides "very fragile". Haven't lost one yet.
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