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Old 08-14-2012, 01:27 AM   #1
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I am moving into a new house with a walkout basement on the north side. I have two rooms to choose from to use to cellar beer: the sw corner with dirt against two sides or the nw corner with dirt against the west wall and the north wall exposed to the elements. Which would be a better room to cellar in?


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Old 08-14-2012, 01:38 AM   #2
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I'd use the one that doesn't have exposure to the elements. That room will be warmer in the summer where the other will be more temperature stable.

Get some thermometers in both rooms and see what the temperature fluctuation is between them. If there's a door you can close between them, even better.


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Old 08-14-2012, 01:41 AM   #3
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sounds like you should rack or transfer in either room due to the dirt. But for cellaring/long term storage I would pick the room that had the consistent/predictable temps and remained the darkest. Even if the consistent room is warmer you can find a way to lower the ambient temp but keep it consistently cool.
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:50 AM   #4
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sounds like you should rack or transfer in either room due to the dirt. But for cellaring/long term storage I would pick the room that had the consistent/predictable temps and remained the darkest. Even if the consistent room is warmer you can find a way to lower the ambient temp but keep it consistently cool.
I think he meant dirt outside the concrete walls.
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:57 AM   #5
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I'd pick stable temps
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:46 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies. I wish I had time to monitor the temps in both rooms but my wife wants to use one so I have to pick now. I think I'll use sw room because the sun shining on the wall of the nw room like Golddiggie said. Maybe if I'm lucky, I can build a walk in cooler.

Thanks again.
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:52 PM   #7
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light, vibration and temperature fluctuations are bad for beer. Take the dark, cool, remote one.

Also - pitching a product made by a buddy of mine - these are a great addition for cellering:

http://www.brewbicle.com/

 
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:46 PM   #8
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How do you maintain the temps in your cellar? Mine ranges from 62-72 and it's an interior room in the basement.

 
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Old 08-15-2012, 03:41 AM   #9
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If I build a cellar I'll use an air conditioner to control the temp.
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If I build a cellar I'll use an air conditioner to control the temp.
You might not even need an AC in the basement. IME, basements are in the good temperature range for enough of the year. If you're in a region that gets that hot for long enough, the AC effect from the rest of the house could take care of it for you. Cold air falls after all.


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