Storing drinks and beverages 101

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When storing drinks and beverages for a longer period, it is important to do it correctly. Stored in the wrong way, beverages can easily get spoiled. So, storage is a crucial factor in the process of wine aging. And, it has to stay stored for five to 10 years to age to best effect. The same goes for aging brandy and whiskey. However, while wine has to be bottled, the latter two have to be kept in oak barrels. Or, maybe you’ve bought the spirits already bottled. In that case, you have to know how to keep them. Storing beverages already demands knowledge. And, when you have to relocate your collection, the knowledge is crucial. That is why hiring Spyder Moving Services is essential. They have the means and knowledge to safely handle your collections. 

Types of drinks and beverages

Drinks and beverages can be divided into two larger groups:

  • alcoholic beverages
  • non-alcoholic beverages (soft drinks)

Some of the soft drinks have to be stored, too. But, these drinks are not usually stored for long periods. For example, soda, juice, or bottled water you can keep in shops, restaurants, or wholesale warehouses. And you just need to cool them in a fridge before use. The other type of soft drink like tea or coffee is best when freshly brewed. So, talking about beverage collections, people usually refer to alcoholic beverages.

The boxes with wine bottles - a way of storing drinks and beverages.
When storing drinks and beverages, you have to know how to do it correctly.

However, even when you store them in shops and restaurants, you have to do it properly. So, in case you are storing wines with less than 16% of alcohol, the bottles have to lay on their sides. And, the bottles of fortified wines, spirits, and vintage ports you will store upright. The same goes for soft drinks. The main condition for such storage is the moderate temperature. And, the moisture level has to be normal.

Alcoholic beverages that you will mostly find in private collections

Different people like different beverages. So, some will prefer wine. The others will better like spirits. Thus, they usually have different collections of drinks. However, this is not always the case. Some collectors will have different types of drinks. So, they can keep:

  • Wine
  • Brandy
  • Whisky
  • Beer

Regardless of the type, proper storing of drinks and beverages is important. Of the same importance is finding the proper moving companies Jackson MS. When moving you, they will pack and transport your collection in the right way. 

Guide to storing drinks and beverages

The way of storing beverages depends on their type. Thus, you will store wine differently than storing spirits. In case you are a beer fan, you will probably have an interesting choice of beers from various countries. And different types, from light to dark one. You may even have some barrels of craft beer in your possession. So, let us see how to properly store those various beverage types. 

Wine

Traditionally, people were keeping their wine collections in cellars. Those cellars were usually dug in the ground and walled with bricks. They are, actually, the best places for keeping wine. The temperature inside is steady. The sunlight and vibrations are rarely affecting bottles and barrels. And, that is important, as involuntary shaking can lead to spoiled wine. Also, such cellars have the right level of moisture. Of course, if they are properly built.

Even today many wine cellars are organized in the same way. And, they are also very handy for wine producers. The really big collectors, as well as producers, are getting the young wine. That one, they are keeping in the barrels. When it matures, they pour it into bottles. After sealing bottles, they are placing them on the racks in the same cellar.

 

Assorted spirit beverage bottles.
The bottles of fortified wines, spirits, and vintage ports you have to store upright.

The modern vaults for storing your drinks and beverages

Nowadays, many collectors prefer modern wine vaults. Such vaults can be placed in cellars. Or you can have them upstairs, in a specially designed room. Such a room is always light and temperature-controlled. So, you can always have the right conditions for your collection. However, in such vaults, you can keep only smaller collections.

Best temperatures to keep your wine

The temperature in the wine storage has to be consistent. You have to prevent the storage from cooling too much. The freezing temperatures will cause the wine to freeze too. And, as the ice is more voluminous than liquid, it would break the bottles. Even if the bottles survive, the melted wine will lose its quality. On the other side, the temperature shouldn’t pass over 70° F at any time. Such a high temperature will easily spoil any wine: red, white, or sparkling. The ideal temperatures for stored wine are:

  • red wine – 50 – 60°F
  • white, and sparkling wines – 40 – 50°F
  • fortified wines (wine mixed with some spirit beverage) – 60 – 65 °F

Also, the storage must have consistent moisture. In too dry places, the corks can shrink. This will allow the air to enter the bottle. And thus spoil the wine. So, when you are moving from Mississippi to Tennessee, you have to keep all this in mind. And, to successfully transport your wine collection, you must find the right movers. Ideally, they will have temperature-controlled moving trucks or pods. Or some other way to keep the inside temperature consistent.

Spirits

As we already mentioned, the spirits like whisky or brandy have to be kept in oak barrels for aging. However, the collectors usually purchase already bottled, aged spirits. But, you want them to continue aging. In such a case, keep them in the cellars or vaults. Like wine, protect them from sunlight or shaking. The difference is that those bottles you have to keep in the upright position.

The ideal humidity for keeping your spirit beverages

Like wine, spirits (especially barrel-aged spirits) benefit from being kept out of sunlight.  So, it is best to keep them in cool conditions. That will also prevent any possible evaporation. The ideal humidity of the storage is 50–70%. But, it must be consistent. This humidity, like for wine, ensures that the cork will not shrink. But, the humidity of close to 80% can easily damage the bottle label. And the cork as well.

 

Clear Glass Mug on Black Wooden Table.
Some have even the draft beer in their collections.

Building and storing a beer collection

You don’t see the beer collections too often. Still, they do exist. Some beer lovers simply like to have samples from all over the world. Besides collecting beer in bottles and canned beer, some are also having the barrels with craft beer. However, the beer collectors know that only some beers can age. This further means, that they will have to regularly drink and replace samples from their collection. Luckily, the beers are inexpensive. So, it is easy to renew the collection. On average, the beer shouldn’t be kept for longer than three years. And, in case you have to move, the residential movers will safely bring your collection to your new home.

When getting ready to move, don’t forget to build the beverage cellar in your new home

Being in a rush of organizing so many things, the beverage collectors may forget about the new storage. So, when getting a new house, check if it has a suitable place for your collection. If not, you should make one. Otherwise, all the efforts of proper packing and transporting will be in vain. Generally, as soon as you reach the new home, you should be able to move your beverage collection to storage.

When storing drinks and beverages, always take care about the optimal temperatures

When storing drinks and beverages, always keep in mind the optimal temperature for various drinks. That way, you will save them from getting spoiled. Moreover, they will age properly. Thus, they will get a better and better taste the longer you keep them in storage. Besides, one more thing is important to achieve the right taste when consuming beverages. The fact is that each beverage tastes differently cooled or heated to different temperatures. When you reach the right temperature, your drink will not only be delicious. It will also be refreshing. And in that way, you will be able to truly enjoy it.