Four Reasons Your Winery Barrel and Storage Rooms Need a Humidification System
June 4th, 2018 by Smart Fog
Whether you are new to the winery field or have been in the profession for a long time, making use of a humidification system is critical. This is especially true for your winery barrel and storage rooms. Let’s look at four reasons your winery barrel room and storage room can benefit from a humidification system.
For centuries, people have made wine and made use of underground locations to store it. The original wine storage locations were caves because they maintained the perfect combination of temperature and moisture. Over the years, as technology has improved, it has become crucial to maintaining control over the temperature and humidity of storage rooms. A humidification system is the answer.
For example, if you store your wine in an area that is hot or dry, it destroys the wine. You need to design your winery barrel or storage room with this in mind. However, you must first consider many different factors. Not only do you have to ensure that your storage room is cool, but you also need the right level of humidity. The suggested temperature for wine storage is between 45 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit with a relative humidity of 50 to 70 percent. For this reason, you should consider a humidification system.
We cannot overstate the importance of a humidification system for your winery barrel room. When waiting for your wine to ferment before bottling, you must have the perfect environment. Without this, you will end up delaying the aging process. In addition to the aging process, you will consistently struggle to replicate the aging profile of your winery products. Thankfully, when you take advantage of a humidification system, you reduce your need to top of the barrels during the aging process.
Do you know why people use corks for wine bottles? It’s more than just fancy branding. Corks expand to help prevent the leakage of wine out of a wine bottle and allow the right amount of oxygen to reach the wine. When you unknowingly expose your wine to excessive oxygen, it spoils your wine. However, your wine also needs the right amount of oxygen. Without it, you delay the maturation process of your wine. Clearly, the amount of moisture in your corks is vital to the production of your wine. With the perfect combination of temperature and relative humidity, your winery barrel and storage rooms will help keep your wine bottle cork moist. However, if your humify level is too high, then mold can form on your wine bottle corks and ruin your product.
If you have a cooling unit in your winery barrel and storage room, you may feel that it addresses all of your humidity concerns. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Even if your cooling unit claims to manage the humidity of the installed location, this is not always the case. In most instances, the cooling unit removes humidity from the area. As we mentioned earlier, drying out your storage rooms could lead to complications in your wine production.
When it comes to your winery business, you need to understand the importance of both a cool temperature and adequately controlled humidity. To correctly produce, age, and store your winery products, you must incorporate a humidification system. With a humidification system, you can assist in the production and replicability of the wine that you are producing. Lastly, a humidification system can help to keep your wine corks moist to allow the right amount of oxygen to assist in the aging of a flawless blend of wine.