Can You Put A Wine Refrigerator in The Garage
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Can You Put A Wine Fridge in The Garage?

David J Sharp
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A wine cooler is used to keep wines at the right temperature so they don’t spoil.

Whether you’re looking to store your collection of red wine or white wine, a wine cooler will keep your wine collection at an ideal temperature.

But will a wine fridge work effectively in a garage?

Some people will say that storing wine in a garage isn’t the best idea because it has to compete with other smells that are present, which can taint the wine. This is true, but there are remedies to this issue. One remedy is using a wine cellar, which is specifically designed to store wine for longer periods of time.

However, let’s answer the question of whether a wine fridge will work effectively in a garage.

Are Garages Suitable for Wine Storage?

No, garages are not necessarily the best places to store and operate a wine fridge, and below are the reasons for this:

1) Fluctuating temperature & humidity

The first issue that comes to mind is the temperature. A garage can be extremely cold during winter and very hot during summer. A wine cooler needs to maintain a temperature of at least 10 degrees Celsius all year round, which can be difficult to achieve in a garage.

The fluctuating temperatures in a garage will cause the wine to expand and contract, which can lead to a loss in quality. Wine is better stored at a constant temperature of 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Temperature changes can affect the quality of wine in many ways. Changes in temperature can cause wine to evaporate and deteriorate at a faster rate. Fluctuations in temperature can cause wines to develop off-flavors and undesired tastes that may not be apparent when the wine is at a more consistent temperature.

More specifically, when wine is exposed to large changes in temperature, the chemical components of the wine react differently, causing changes in its flavor. Within hours of exposure to heat, the alcohol molecules in wine break down into water and carbon dioxide. The more heat, the more they break down. The heat also causes volatile chemical compounds in wine, like esters and terpenes, to vaporize. These compounds are responsible for many of wine‘s aromas.

2) Mold exposure

Garages tend to be humid and this means that mold can quickly grow in these environments. The excess humidity in a garage will cause the cork on the wine bottle to expand and contract, which can lead to decreased quality of wine due to air exposure, which can in turn contain mold.

Mold can grow on wine when it is not stored in a dark, dry place.

Why’s mold bad? Well, it can cause a variety of health problems in humans, especially those with weakened immune systems.

How does it accumulate in garages? Well, it can be found in garages because exterior moisture often enters through the garage door not being properly sealed or airtight, even when closed.

3) Increase in vibrations

Wine refrigerators are usually placed in rooms with low vibration profiles such as basements, living rooms, or kitchens. When wine coolers are placed in garages, vibrations from cars being parked can negatively impact the wine‘s flavor. This is because vibrations cause the sediment that settles at the bottom to mix with the wine and eventually end up at the top. The result is a less flavorful wine which leads to an unhappy wine drinker.

Therefore, is a Garage Good for a Wine Refrigerator?

No, especially if your garage fluctuates wildly in temperature.

There are many places in the house where one could store their wine refrigerator, read our guide here on this. There are many rooms in the house that would be more convenient to place it. The kitchen would be an excellent place to place the wine fridge because it is where most people enjoy their wine. It is also a common spot for people to store their drinks in due to the frequent need for refreshments… Easy access! Another room that would be a convenient spot is the dining room. This is where most people have parties and social gatherings

Storing a wine cooler in a cellar is the best option because it allows it to maintain a more constant, cool temperature. If a wine fridge is stored in a room with fluctuating temperatures, depending on the type (more specifically referring to thermoelectric wine refrigerators), the cooling temperature within the unit will rise and fall depending on the time of day and season. And ultimately, when the temperature rises, the wine will oxidize and lose its flavor.

David J Sharp is a wine equipment expert, having previously worked with some of the best wine cooler manufacturers within the USA. Today he works as a full-time wine cooler and wine cellar consultant for small and large clients alike. You can find out more about LoveCraftWines here.

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