By Janelle Orlando. Wine Cellar System. Published at Thursday, May 31st, 2018 - 10:58:04 AM.
Avoid Domestic Air Conditioning: Similarly, home air conditioning provides a poor environment for aging your wines, as it removes the humidity from the air which can lead to corks drying out. Additionally, if air conditioning is only turned on at certain times during the day then the wine will become subject to wide temperature fluctuations, which will inevitably cause irreparable damage to your wine. To properly cool and humidify a cellar you will need a cooling system designed specifically for cooling a wine cellar.
This is actually more needed by restaurants who value the importance of wine when serving the food that they offer. It is not enough for restaurants to have refrigerators or freezers to store their wines, for it will not render the best serving temperature for wines. It just so happen that refrigerators have inconsistent temperature that is not even specific which is not good enough for a wine, unless you just want your wine to be cold. However for wines, being cold is not enough especially for other types of wine.
The ideal temperature and humidity of any wine cellar would do well to mimic the natural conditions of France's legendary wine caves, which are acknowledged to be close to perfect. Keeping the rest of the world's cellars at the same 55-57 degrees Fahrenheit (14 degrees C) and with an average of 60% relative humidity generally requires some form of dedicated wine cooling system. To properly control the cellar temperature and humidity, the system should take into account and manage not only the cellar's temperature but also the vagaries of the climate in which you live. It is hotdry? Hothumid? Colddry? Coldhumid? Will your system also be required to supply heating to maintain the correct winter temperature? These are all important considerations when building or retrofitting your wine cellar.
Avoid Home Refrigeration To Store Wine. A standard home refrigerator makes a poor wine cooling solution for several reasons. It is designed specifically to store and look after food products, not to store wines. An atmosphere that works well for meat and vegetables is far too cold and dry for your expensive wine. The preferred temperature for home refrigeration is somewhere between 35ºF and 38ºF (1.7 to 3.3ºC)
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