Green Storage: low budget, humidity control

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Postby Stephanie Ratanas » Wed Dec 07, 2011 3:12 pm

Hi friends.

I'm wondering what those of you with relatively small scale operations do for humidity control in your warehouses/roasteries etc. Humidity is a huge problem for us in Minnesota in the winter-- all of my food self-dehydrates as soon as November hits, it's crazy! (this doesn't really happen)

I have 2 large humidifiers in our green room which raises the humidity from about 15% to about 35%... which is much less than I'd like ideally. Most of our green is in grain pro, which helps of course, but some of it is not. Any other tips on storage that doesn't involve installing/building a fully climate controlled system? We're in a 100 year old building...
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City: Minneapolis
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Roasting Since (Year): 2010
Website: https://www.dogwoodcoffee.com
Location: Minneapolis, MN

Postby ChrisSchooley » Thu Dec 08, 2011 12:57 pm

Silos.
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City: Fort Collins
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Website: http://www.coffeeshrub.com/.
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Postby Stephanie Ratanas » Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:20 am

I don't know that we have room for those....

I was thinking something more like this:
http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20100224 ... umidifier/
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City: Minneapolis
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Occupation: Roaster/Green Buyer
Roasting Since (Year): 2010
Website: https://www.dogwoodcoffee.com
Location: Minneapolis, MN

Postby ChrisSchooley » Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:55 am

your solution is more of an elegant one...

you can find silos of all kinds of sizes. I've seen some approx. 500lb capacity ones on wheels that I thought would be sweet. With this line of thought, you're protecting the coffee directly rather than having to totally change the physical dynamics of a 100 yr old room.
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Occupation: Roaster, Micro-Seller of Green Coffee
Roasting Since (Year): 2001
Website: http://www.coffeeshrub.com/.
Location: Fort Collins, CO.

Postby Stephanie Ratanas » Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:26 pm

But what about all the coffee that doesn't fit in the silo?

In the past couple of hours we've come up with a slightly more awesome system than the R2D2 usb humidifier which I think we're going to start constructing next week. Will post when it's built and we have some results.
Stephanie Ratanas
 
Posts: 13
Joined: Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:46 am
First Name: Stephanie
Last Name: Ratanas
City: Minneapolis
State: MN
Zip Code: 55418
Company: Dogwood Coffee Company
Occupation: Roaster/Green Buyer
Roasting Since (Year): 2010
Website: https://www.dogwoodcoffee.com
Location: Minneapolis, MN

Postby Scapistrant » Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:09 pm

We were blending and storing coffee in the these giant tarp-like silo things (i'm so eloquent articulating myself). They work pretty well, we just don't have the space anymore. DM me if you want more info.
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