I’m wondering how/if a home wine fridge controls humidity and also looking for humidity management tips. I have two wine fridges at home: a 48 bottle unit made by Wine Enthusiast (bought new about 5 yrs ago) and a larger 150 bottle EuroCave (purchased off Craigslist, not sure how old it is but seems to be in good shape). Both seem to be working well in terms of temperature control. Neither have controls for humidity.
The Wine Enthusiast fridge is quite damp inside. I have had some labels develop mold and I sometimes find condensation on the inside of the unit. I’ve taken to wrapping bottles going in there with plastic wrap. I’ve never had mold or visible dampness inside the EuroCave.
A few questions:
1- Given that these units don’t have knobs or buttons to adjust humidity, do you think either of them are actually doing anything to control the humidity?
2- I’m not measuring the humidity in either unit. Should I be? Is this something I should be worrying about?
3- If this is something that I should be worrying about, how would you recommend that I adjust it up and down?
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I think the answer is clearly no. Lots of older French wines, where the bottles were stored in damp cellars without capsules until shipping, have lots of mold under the capsule. You just wipe it off with a paper towel.
If the cork is so poor that it lets in mold smells, you’re probably going to have some serious oxidation.
little water in a glass bowl will raise humidity, little baking soda in glass bowl will lower humidity. Keeping bottles away from walls and keeping door closed as much as possible help maintain constant humidity (knowing what bottle you want to grab and where its located before opening the cellar will help decrease time the door is ajar.