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Old 07-22-2008, 12:13 PM   #1
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Say I want to mail some of my new soda to a friend, it is about 2 weeks carbed. How dangerous is this? Will it explode with the pressure differentials incurred on flights?


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Old 07-22-2008, 12:22 PM   #2
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It'll probably be the heat that will make it explode, not necessarily the changes in air pressure.

There isn't anyway to "halt" carbonation in sodas, except by sticking it in the fridge. So, yes, I'd say it's a dangerous proposition.


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No, it'll be fine. Airlines serve bottled beer all the time. I've carried plenty of it in my luggage. No problems.
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No, it'll be fine. Airlines serve bottled beer all the time. I've carried plenty of it in my luggage. No problems.
Yes, properly fermented and carbed beer would be fine. But soda (because of the sugar and imprecise carbonation method) would not be fine. I wouldn't try it.
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Yes, properly fermented and carbed beer would be fine. But soda (because of the sugar and imprecise carbonation method) would not be fine. I wouldn't try it.
Hm, yeah, I figured it was the same as finished, carbonated beer. What exactly did the OP use to carbonate it?
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If it is naturally carbed soda, then it keeps working at cellar temps. It needs to be chilled for the yeast to go dormant.

If it was force carbed and then bottled, it should be ok.
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I've shipped about 15 bottles of carbed beer in somewhat warm temperatures via fedex, ended up fine. The bottles might have been shaken quite vigorously though, my friend said all my beers were cloudy even though the same ones I have here from my basement are crystal clear, so Something had to kick up that sediment pretty good. So if your bottles can handle being shaken up in hot temperatures, then go ahead
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Are these bottled in glass or plastic (PET) bottles?

If plastic bottles, couldn't you bottle with yeast and immediately ship them to your friend. The carbonation would occur during shipping. Then have your friend immediately fridge them.

If they are glass that would be a risk considering the carb process takes less than 2 days on my counter at room temps It gets a lot hotter in the shipping trucks and delivery vehicles. Which means the carbing would be greater and then unwanted bottle bombs. Poor mail/delivery driver
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Your bottles should be fine inflight as long as you package them correctly. I usually use USPS even though they dont allow the shipment of beer the do allow shipment of "yeast samples".........slight little loop hole
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Ok thanks all, in fact I am referring to primed beer that has been in amber bottles for a week. The soda reference? Shipping alcohol is illegal and didn't want to have admins bug me.


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