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Old 10-07-2008, 02:44 PM   #1
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Default How to pack beer for sending to a competition?

I am considering entering some beer in competitions in the future, how do you pack the bottles so they safely make it to the competition?


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Old 10-07-2008, 02:46 PM   #2
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Use a decent padding, like a bunch of $5 bills!


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Old 10-07-2008, 02:47 PM   #3
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I...and some I've gotten....wrap them in a paper towel, then vacuum seal them, and pack in some leftover peanust from the last AHS order...Forrest uses PLENTY!
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I usually wrap each bottle with 1 layer of bubble wrap and 1 piece of tape to hold it on (remember, someone has to open all of these things again, try not to make it a pain). If there's any dead space in the box I would add some newspaper to keep everything from moving around. Pretty much as long as you can't hear the glass rattling in the box it should be ok.
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I wrap each bottle in bubble wrap or something comparable, then bundle them all together in some bubble wrap.
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I use the UPS Express Pak bubble envelopes. You can get them for free at any UPS store. Just cut off the sticky part and use painters tape to close it. Put a bottle in and roll it up. Works great. I use them all the time for travel and since you are using UPS to ship your beer, don't feel guilty about getting them for free.

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I use the UPS Express Pak bubble envelopes. You can get them for free at any UPS store. Just cut off the sticky part and use painters tape to close it. Put a bottle in and roll it up. Works great. I use them all the time for travel and since you are using UPS to ship your beer, don't feel guilty about getting them for free.
Wait a minute...you can just go in there and grab a stack?
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Wait a minute...you can just go in there and grab a stack?
Uh, yep. I would not take 2 dozen, but you can ask for a few and they will give them to you.
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Most breakage is due to bottle on bottle. Make sure each bottle is well wrapped. If you are in a pinch, using two sheets of crumpled newspaper works well too.

Just make sure that you pad between each bottle and between the outside walls of the box.
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I use the UPS Express Pak bubble envelopes. You can get them for free at any UPS store. Just cut off the sticky part and use painters tape to close it. Put a bottle in and roll it up. Works great. I use them all the time for travel and since you are using UPS to ship your beer, don't feel guilty about getting them for free.

Yup, I work at a UPS store and they get em for free and aren't allowed to charge for them. If they give you hassles about getting some, ask for some NDA waybills to go along with them and say you have an account.


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