Storing drinks and beverages 101

So you’ve purchased some drinks that you’re not planning on drinking right away. Now, what do you do with it until you’re ready to mix some drinks? First off, if you are storing wine, know that only a small percentage of fine wines on the market profit from long-term aging. And if you’re looking to buy wines to wait for them to age, you should really invest in professional-grade storage. On the other hand, when it comes to storing drinks and beverages, following a few simple guidelines from our expert residential movers should keep your bottles safe until you’re ready to drink them.

1. Keep them moderately cool

Heat is enemy number one of alcohol. Temperatures above 70° F will age wine more quickly than what is desirable on the market. And if it gets much hotter, your alcohol could even get “cooked”! That will result in flat (or no!) aromas and flavors as movers Jackson MS have witnessed happen. The ideal temperature you should aim for ranges between 45° F and 65° F. While 55° F is often stated as being close to perfect. But remember that storing drinks and beverages isn’t an exact science. Don’t worry too much if your storage unit operates at a couple of degrees warmer.

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Climate-controlled facilities may manage both temperature and humidity.

2. Don’t go too cold

Storing drinks and beverages in your household refrigerator is fine for up to a couple of months, but it’s not a good option for the longer term. The average fridge temperature can drop well below 45° F in order to safely cool perishable foods. Along with the low temperatures, the lack of moisture could eventually dry out corks, and that can allow air to seep into the bottles. This will ruin the alcohol. Also, don’t opt for storing drinks and beverages somewhere they could freeze, like an unheated garage during winter. If the liquid starts crystallizing into ice, it could expand enough to break the bottle!

3. Storing drinks and beverages at a steady temperature

More important than trying to achieve a perfect 55°F is avoiding the sudden, extreme or frequent temperature oscillations. On top of cooking your alcohol, the expansion and contraction of the liquid inside the bottle might cause it to seep out of the bottle. Or the bottle itself could break in the cold! Look for that for consistency, but don’t get stressed over minor temperature fluctuations.

Warehouse for storing drinks and beverages
Climate-controlled facilities use high-quality HVAC systems, dehumidifiers, and thermostats with heavy-duty insulation to manage temperature and humidity.

Choose climate control when storing drinks and beverages!

Both humidity and temperature control should work together to ensure moisture levels in a storage unit are at an optimum level. If the humidity in the air rises, so will the air’s ability to capture heat. When humidity drops, that process also helps keep temperatures low. When storing drinks and beverages, choose Spyder Moving and Storage! Our dehumidifiers successfully manage humidity over time. And we have the best air conditioners which are better at decreasing humidity levels quickly.

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