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Post  Peter Cargasacchi on Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:32 pm

Do folks in southern California have trouble with low humidity in your passive or normal cellars???

Are the larger storage facilities all humidified?
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Post  Todd F r e n c h on Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:34 pm

Peter Cargasacchi wrote:Do folks in southern California have trouble with low humidity in your passive or normal cellars???

Are the larger storage facilities all humidified?
Mine's the opposite problem, being by the beach. We have really high humidity, and there are some condensation issues with ours, particularly in the summer. We've got a LeCache 2400
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Post  Cris Whetstone on Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:04 pm

Don't know about passive cellars or home units but the professional facilities keep the humidity in a certain range normally. I would wonder about home units though when we have extended Santa Ana conditions like over the past week and a half.
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You guys worry too much.

Post  Bob Wood on Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:23 pm

As an experiment, I stored an entire case of wine in my garage for three years. Upright, through winter and summer. It was fine. A couple of weeks of low humidity won't matter at all. I'd be more worried about Todd's problem, especially as it relates to the labels and mold growing under the capsule.
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Post  Joe Hauck on Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:31 am

Try storing wine here in Vegas where the humidity is usually about 5%.
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Post  J. Pfohl on Fri Jan 23, 2009 9:40 am

Most of the units self regulate as relative humidity, which is what you are really seeking, is a function of temperature. So as most commercial units pull down to the right temp, they also pull out less moisture. This is one of the reasons our cooling units cool the space slower than a regular air conditioner which pulls out as much moisture as it can as quickly as it can to get down to temp.

Here in Albuquerque I see about 50-55F RH in my units. I do not add moisture of any sort.

Least humid cities, listing the lowest average relative humidity:
Las Vegas 31%
Phoenix 37%
Yuma, AZ 38%
Tucson 39%
El Paso 43%
Albuquerque 45%

(source: National Climatic Data Center)
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Post  Todd F r e n c h on Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:58 am

J. Pfohl wrote:Most of the units self regulate as relative humidity, which is what you are really seeking, is a function of temperature. So as most commercial units pull down to the right temp, they also pull out less moisture. This is one of the reasons our cooling units cool the space slower than a regular air conditioner which pulls out as much moisture as it can as quickly as it can to get down to temp.

Here in Albuquerque I see about 50-55F RH in my units. I do not add moisture of any sort.

Least humid cities, listing the lowest average relative humidity:
Las Vegas 31%
Phoenix 37%
Yuma, AZ 38%
Tucson 39%
El Paso 43%
Albuquerque 45%

(source: National Climatic Data Center)
Nicely done, J. Pfohl

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Post  P. Davis on Fri Jan 23, 2009 6:01 pm

I'm pretty sure my wine locker facility (The Wine Cellar) is humidified. I keep everything on its side anyways. At home, my Eurocave often leaves me with moldy labels, so definitely not a problem there.
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Re: SoCal low Humidity and wine storage.

Post  J. Pfohl on Fri Jan 23, 2009 9:26 pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
Nicely done, J. Pfohl

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