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Old 04-02-2017, 02:59 PM
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Default Moving across the country - How to move my alcohol collection?

As the title says, I am moving from the midwest to California later this year. I have a fairly large and expensive alcohol collection, mostly bourbon/whiskey, much of it not opened. Because of our travel/moving arrangements, we are using a POD that will be packed and loaded by a third party moving company.

How should I get my alcohol there? Pack it well and put it into POD? my concern is it's not climate controlled at all and in the heat of August, it's gonna get quite warm in there.

Should I ship it? My wife is traveling there in a few weeks and I can put a few bottles in a checked bag, but, that will barely put a dent in the collection.

Other ideas?
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Old 04-02-2017, 03:03 PM
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Get liquor boxes that fit
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Old 04-02-2017, 03:28 PM
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Get liquor boxes that fit
Yes. This is the solution.
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Hire Smoky and the Bandit ...well just the Bandit. He can get liquor there quickly. He has a great resume.

Or, go to the liquor store and ask for boxes they ship in and use those. I have never used PODS . Can you get damage insurance on your belongings ? Does it cover food items like liquor?

You could also get a 250 quart / liter yeti and put dry ice in it and then put your liquor boxes inside said yeti and then put it inside your POD. I honestly don't know what 110 degree heat does to fine spirits sealed in bottles. I think breakage is the real concern? Good luck.
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Put each bottle in a plastic bag, place a layer of styrofoam in the bottom of a good cardboard box, stand bottles up about an inch apart, then spray foam around them until box is full. Load into POD. When you unpack, break the foam apart, un-bag each bottle. Pick one, open it and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
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Depends on the price of the bottles. You can buy the styrofoam packers and use uship, or drive it all yourself
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Like mentioned, go to the liquor store and get the boxes.

I drove my liquor and ammo across the country. If you are shipping your car, you can lock the stuff in your trunk.

I doubt liquor is shipped across country in refrigerated trucks. Car temp isn't much different than truck or boxcar temps. Unopened alcohol will be fine.
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Thanks for the tips. My biggest worry was the temperature in the POD during transit. I talked to my auto shipper, and no alcohol allowed in the vehicle. I'll plan to go to the liquor store and collect some of their shipping boxes. I might even put a layer of bubble wrap around them to help pad them.
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I will come pick it up, as a favor to you.

You're welcome.
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Last time I looked the 18 wheeler that its shipped in plus the aging houses are not cooled except in winter and of course heated in the summer.

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The heat won't bother the bourbon. Remember, it is stored in non climate controlled rickhouses. It's the sun that would kill the flavor. There was a link in the Strickly Bourbon tread about it. I would pack it carefully, using the suggestions above, and then let it go in the POD.
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I will come pick it up, as a favor to you.

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I'm guessing those bottles would have a better chance of getting to Ca, if he dropped them in La Poudre Pass Lake.
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I'm guessing those bottles would have a better chance of getting to Ca, if he dropped them in La Poudre Pass Lake.
Well a cleverly timed PM would have netted you 50% but now you are OUT!



Op it will be ruined in the pod, call me and we can work it out.
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# 1 question that needs asking. Why on earth would you move to California???
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San Diego/Mexico have alot of good fishing. Great weather year round.
Get the liquor boxes and also the spiderweb sleeves that some higher end bottles come packed in. Pack them, ship them in pods. They will be fine.
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My wife's brother in law who was a big shot in the liquor industry moved and his wine collection stored in climate controlled units.
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Wine is alot different than liquor.
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