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How to Create a Wine Cellar in Your Home

Watch more Wine Drinking & Education videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Create a wine cellar in your home with these instructions. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Find a space Find a dark, cool space in your home. It could be an unused closet or a basement corner. Step 2: Install thermometer Install a thermometer to monitor room temperature. Ideally, wine needs to be kept between 55 and 58 degrees. Above 70 degrees Fahrenheit, the wine will age too quickly; below 50 degrees, the wine will not mature. Tip Protect the room—walls, floor, and ceiling—with insulation and seal drafts to stabilize the room temperature. Step 3: Measure humidity Use a hygrometer to measure the humidity in the room. You want to keep the humidity between 60% and 70%. If the room is too dry, corks may dry out, allowing oxygen to seep into the bottle. Step 4: Adjust humidity Use a humidifier or dehumidifier to alter the humidity of the room if necessary. Tip Place a bucket of water in the room to keep the air moist. Step 5: Shade wine Put up curtains or shades to shield the wine from sunlight. Step 6: Protect bottles Make sure the wine stays clean and undisturbed. Let the sediments settle, and protect bottles from dust—you don't want grime seeping in through a dry cork. Step 7: Store wine horizontally Store the wine horizontally in your wine rack to keep the corks moist and lessen the chances of their drying out. Now open a bottle and celebrate your new wine cellar—or leave it stored like it's supposed to be. Did You Know? Some people suffer from methyphobia, or a fear of alcohol.
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