I'm going to point out since some may not know, that Dr. George Fix got his PhD in Mathematics, brewing was a passion and a hobby for him and he liked to experiment and learn the science of brewing.
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From: Mike Dixon Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2007 06:36:01 -0500
Subject: Re: Packaging of entries
There is no standard for shipping a few bottles. I have found that using
the large diameter bubble wrap cushions the bottles better than the
small bubble wrap. If you can keep the bottles from clinking and from
moving around, that would be best. Also the bottles seem to travel best
upright rather than on their side. A friend sent me a few bottles in a
small styrofoam cooler with the bottles wrapped in bubble wrap and laid
at an angle. The cooler would hold three bottles in that manner very
securely. He simply taped the cooler shut and sent it. When I fill a
package for shipment I put each bottle into a ziplock, wrap that in
bubble wrap, and place into a box lined with a garbage bag. If something
breaks then at least it will not leak. If it leaks with UPS it is
trashed most of the time, FedEx will sometimes repackage and deliver,
and I have not broken anything with DHL which I have been using for the
last year and a half without incident.
Basically if you are not comfortable dropping the package onto the floor
from chest height, you have not packaged the bottles correctly.
Wake Forest, NC