Controlled Humidity Solutions for Wineries

For centuries, wine producers have lost wine to evaporation through the barrels during the aging process. The wine aged in barrels at 16° C (61°F) can lose over 14% volume in three years when stored at 60% RH. Traditional European wineries stored their barrels in natural cellars to maintain high humidity and reduce the need for “topping”, (adding wine to each barrel during the aging process). For this reason, humidity solution for wineries is very important.

Modern wineries, with above ground-cooled aging rooms, need modern technology to raise the humidity to 95% and cut the loss to evaporation by more than half. At the same time, yet barrels must remain dry on the outside to prevent mold which can damage the barrels and the wine.

Smart Fog’s (formerly DryFog.US) Fogger and Humidity Sensor provides true “dry fog” for controlled high humidity up to 95-98% RH for ideal storage of wine in barrels. High humidity reduces wine loss to evaporation and reduces the need for topping, yet barrels stay dry and without mold. Raising the humidity to 95% can reduce losses to evaporation to under 1% per year.

How it Works?:

Smart Fog’s (formerly DryFog.US) Fogger supplies high-humidity “dry fog” with droplets of 4.2 microns in diameter. The droplets evaporate into the air before reaching the ground. No free water collects on the barrels and the storeroom floor stays dry.

The Smart Fog System has a large non-clogging orifice needing minimal maintenance. The HumiSense Humidistat uses optical technology to control high humidity up to 95-98% RH – where other humidity meters get stuck. It allows full computer control and tracking of the humidity level in the storeroom.

High humidity reduces evaporation and reduces the need for topping. This table shows the benefits of increasing relative humidity:

Reduced topping means less labor and less chance of mixing batches.


Humidity Solutions for Wineries

The barrels remain dry, preventing mold. High humidity (water vapor in the air) is sometimes confused with wetness (freestanding water on a surface). Mold can only form in freestanding water, not high humidity. The high humidity reduces evaporation without danger of mold, and helps preserve the barrels.

Easy installation and low maintenance make the Smart Fog the only choice for “dry fog.” The Smart Fog System’s large 1.5 mm orifice won’t clog like pinhole foggers, so easy annual maintenance is sufficient.

The Smart Fog Humidity Sensor gives accurate and reliable control, with full data reported and stored on a PC.

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