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Old 2011-10-13, 09:18 PM
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Hello everyone,

It's been a long time. We've settled into our new house coming into our third year, we can't complain too much. I have a question regarding the cold room in our basement. This past summer (and the one before) was hot and humid, and the cold became nothing but cool. It was cooler than ourside but still at a good 20C and I could smell the humidity inside. I was sure my wine collection would ruin if I didn't take them out fast enough. The ceiling of our basement is about 2 feet above the ground. There is an air vent in the cold room to the outside. Is the cold room in the basement supposed to have such extreme temperature change during summer? What type of insulation or anything along the line do you do to maintain a somewhat consistent temp inside the room?

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Old 2011-10-13, 10:47 PM
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Difficult to keep the cold room, "cool" in the summer but I keep the door open in the summer and close it only in the fall/winter.
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Old 2011-10-14, 09:12 AM
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I'm in a similar situation. I also keep my door open in summer and close it during the winter. but for the wine, I talked to a wine expert a long time ago and he said that he would be more concerned with the humidity than the temperature. I have wine to, but I'm not so into it that I want to invest in a wine cooler. so I just keep them in my cold room and whatever happens to them, happens to them. What's the average price of a bottle of wine in your cold room?
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Old 2011-10-14, 03:59 PM
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Thanks Mark & Lynda and homie27. I will give that a try next summer.

In addition, I was wondering spray foam/insulate it and finish the cold room would make a difference? It would appear the heat and humidity came in from the tiny vent, so if I blocked the vent, would that work at all? Or will the humidity build up inside it?

To homie27, the average cost per bottle wine I collect is ~$30. I looked at a few wine coolers but they are all too small...the type that you put in a few bottles when we expect guests. The large enough ones are cost prohibitive. It might be cheaper (and a better investment) to finish the cold room. :-)
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Old 2011-10-17, 09:49 AM
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if you're keeping the wines for a few years tops, i wouldn't worry about it. if you're keeping the wines for a very long time, then maybe you should do something about the cold room. I have some bottles that I don't intend to open, probably ever. i'm not sure how the temp and humidity is affecting them, but I'm not going to buy a wine cooler or spend any money on my cold room. i'm just hoping they are ok. I have some 1998 ontario wines and 2000 Bordeux, and some others.

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Thanks Mark & Lynda and homie27. I will give that a try next summer.

In addition, I was wondering spray foam/insulate it and finish the cold room would make a difference? It would appear the heat and humidity came in from the tiny vent, so if I blocked the vent, would that work at all? Or will the humidity build up inside it?

To homie27, the average cost per bottle wine I collect is ~$30. I looked at a few wine coolers but they are all too small...the type that you put in a few bottles when we expect guests. The large enough ones are cost prohibitive. It might be cheaper (and a better investment) to finish the cold room. :-)
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