How do I maintain proper humidity?

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Pazanov
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How do I maintain proper humidity?

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Hi! I recently purchased an 18 bottle wine fridge to store some wines >5 years. I read that the ideal humidity to store the wine was 70% (>50% at a minimum), so I got a hygrometer. The humidity inside the fridge is ~45% with my apartment at ~25% (it gets dry in the winter). What's the best way for me to increase the humidity inside the cooler considering the limited space I have in it? So far I have seen the following options 1) Place a wet towel or sponge in it 2) Use a Humidor Packet (e.g. Boveda) 3) Use a humidifier in the room
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Re: How do I maintain proper humidity?

#2 Post by Ian Sutton »

Hi Pazanov
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I would say 'whatever fits easily in the fridge and is easy to top up (say) every week'. That might be simply a small bowl of water. Whilst the wet towel idea is a good one for effective humidifying, in such an enclosed space, I'd be concerned about creating a musty smell inside the fridge. I think this 'wet wick towel' idea is more suitable for a large cellar.

I will be interested in what others say though

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I'm close to giving up on even trying to maintain humidity. I've been using either a cup of water or a wet sponge, but it takes days to evaporate, and you lose all that moisture if you open the fridge for even a moment. I've read some experts argue that the wine underneath the cork maintains sufficient humidity anyway and that dry conditions don't really cause harm. Curious if anyone has first hand experience with this—could it be a myth that humidity must remain above 50%? Especially if we're only aging for a few years, maybe up to 10 years?
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Just wanted to post an update:

The first method I tried was the wet sponge. The moment I put the sponge in the humidity shot up to >75%. Taking the sponge out (and opening the door to do so) decreased the humidity, but not back to the starting point. Once the door was closed again, the humidity shot up, and then after some time decreased linearly. I think this is due to left over condensate. Ultimately, I find this method unrealistic for me to maintain long term. I don't think the swings in humidity would impact the wine on a short term, but provides challenges in maintaining it long term.

I ordered a Boveda (69%) humidity control pack, and so far it is regulating humidity as advertised. I also like this option because it should also decrease the humidity when it gets high in the summer. I'm curious how it will work out in practice and how long it lasts. Right now its taking up the space of two wine bottles, so I am wondering if anyone has experience with the different sizes, how well the sizes worked and how long they lasted.
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Pazanov wrote: January 14th, 2022, 8:09 am I ordered a Boveda (69%) humidity control pack, and so far it is regulating humidity as advertised. I also like this option because it should also decrease the humidity when it gets high in the summer. I'm curious how it will work out in practice and how long it lasts. Right now its taking up the space of two wine bottles, so I am wondering if anyone has experience with the different sizes, how well the sizes worked and how long they lasted.
I've only used them for cigars. Looks like they have changed quite a bit since I saw them. For cigars (at room temp) you wouldn't need a ton of it to maintain humidity. Likely fairly different in a fridge though. Still my guess is you can get by with way less - I would think something like half the size of a wine bottle would take care of it. If you want to use the same basic approach and take up less space, you can get beads (think smaller than a pea) and put them in whatever container you want. Or any number of options that come in a container that might be shaped differently than what you have - just google humidity beads.

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