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by uncle tom
04:23 Wed 21 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..
Replies: 21
Views: 466

Re: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..

Cont.. Foil on the back of the door greatly reduces thermal movement, but will also ensure that approximately 80% of the heat will be moved by air convecting up or down the door. If the lobby ceiling is plywood, and has an area of 2.4m x 0.9m, that 8W of heat rising up will warm the wood by less tha...
by uncle tom
04:01 Wed 21 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..
Replies: 21
Views: 466

Re: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..

Moving on, some thoughts about the door and ventilation.. Although the building will be used for items that are dry, experience tells me that a totally sealed box is probably not a good idea as the atmosphere will get musty with an increased risk of mould. If all other faces of the building are airt...
by uncle tom
07:47 Tue 20 Feb 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Second wind for 1963s? Tuesday 10 April 2018
Replies: 29
Views: 507

Re: Second wind for 1963s? Tuesday 10 April 2018

Please can the Fonseca be adopted, after which the Constantino?
No problem. There is a significant value difference between the two - it might be fairer if the adoptees shared the total.
by uncle tom
11:27 Mon 19 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Deep thought..
Replies: 1
Views: 146

Deep thought..

In a recent blog conversation, a collector of antique gold sovereigns made the argument that because there would always be a few coins lost each year, those that remained would gain value in real terms. I replied that in percentage terms, that would probably be well under 1% p.a. whereas if you inve...
by uncle tom
03:08 Mon 19 Feb 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Second wind for 1963s? Tuesday 10 April 2018
Replies: 29
Views: 507

Re: Second wind for 1963s? Tuesday 10 April 2018

Others: please say what you’ll allow to be adopted
I have 17 shippers of '63

Possible candidates for adoption not already confirmed:

Borges
Constantino
Dow
Feuerheerd
Fonseca
Graham
Warre

- And if anyone's feeling generous, I could also supply a Nacional at moderate cost..
by uncle tom
12:54 Thu 15 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Graham's Malvedos 1968
Replies: 9
Views: 304

Re: Graham's Malvedos 1968

Bottling around the 80s I would assume.
Earlier I suspect - these ones have driven corks, the later ones had T stoppers (and were not as good IMO)
by uncle tom
06:17 Sat 10 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..
Replies: 21
Views: 466

Re: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..

radiation is often also a huge consideration in practical circumstances. Please say more. Static air is a really good insulator - most insulating materials achieve their properties through the entrapment of air. Heat mostly passes through air via convection (warm air is less dense, so displaces upw...
by uncle tom
08:57 Thu 08 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..
Replies: 21
Views: 466

Re: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..

It would help if I'd Googled the right term.. :roll:

Will have another look..
by uncle tom
07:46 Thu 08 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..
Replies: 21
Views: 466

Re: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..

Many thanks Phil - that looks like a phd level deduction! I wondered why your figure for polystyrene was lower than mine but that for breeze was higher, then realised that you'd used different core data. Running your equation with the Celcon data of 0.15 conductivity and SHC of 1050 gives a depth of...
by uncle tom
11:08 Tue 06 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..
Replies: 21
Views: 466

Re: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..

On the subject of the ceiling, wouldn’t it be possible to lay wooden joists covered with blockboard and then put a layer of breeze blocks on top? Yes, a hazard in unheated buildings is condensation, and a wooden underside to the ceiling helps reduce that risk considerably. It is probably wise to al...
by uncle tom
09:03 Tue 06 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..
Replies: 21
Views: 466

Re: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..

To take some of the uncertainty out of stacking bottles, although it does take up slightly more space, one could purchase 300mm deep racking such as this: http://www.bigdug.co.uk/shelving-c2/value-shelving-p1304 And load it with 12 of these: https://www.taylor-davis.co.uk/products/plastic-products/s...
by uncle tom
06:56 Tue 06 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..
Replies: 21
Views: 466

Re: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..

What if I put two 55 gallon plastic drums of water in the wineroom? What if I used a temp-retaining stone on the floor? Water is by some margin the best source of thermal mass, at 4200J/L/C Stone or concrete varies a little but mostly comes in at just under half that figure. Something that intrigue...
by uncle tom
07:48 Sun 04 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..
Replies: 21
Views: 466

The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..

This is a long post – so please refresh your glass first.. One of the great revelations of my youth was the realisation that not only could reference books be wrong, but also that the authors of reference books copied each other’s mistakes. Until a definitive work was published in the 1970s, countle...
by uncle tom
07:27 Tue 30 Jan 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: We need some tastings in the diary
Replies: 22
Views: 548

Re: We need some tastings in the diary

I have 17 vintages of Offley available, ranging from 1910 to 1985. We would probably need to go ex cellars to get the recent vintages, as there appears to have been a fifteen year gap in the UK distribution of Offley. Now eighteen years old, is it time to start including the 2000 vintage in the vert...
by uncle tom
06:32 Tue 30 Jan 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 5th November 2064 - a Quevedo Salmanazar..
Replies: 21
Views: 2444

Re: 5th November 2064 - a Quevedo Salmanazar..

Count me in, Tom. I have Rozes 1995 in Magnums. Thanks Axel - I'll put that down for 2025 I'm happy to volunteer to open them once your imperial formats have run out, say 2076 and 2084. Thankyou Alex - please put a note on your will..! Happy to spend a O-PORT-UNIDADE 5 Liter bottle 2013, wherever t...
by uncle tom
14:10 Mon 29 Jan 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 5th November 2064 - a Quevedo Salmanazar..
Replies: 21
Views: 2444

Re: 5th November 2064 - a Quevedo Salmanazar..

Following last month's 'turkey shoot' sale at Christies, my stock of magnums has been greatly improved; and I am now looking at raising the challenge by defining the odd numbered year two magnum events as two magnums with a combined age of exactly 100 years. For the 2025 event I already have a T55 l...
by uncle tom
14:00 Mon 29 Jan 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: We need some tastings in the diary
Replies: 22
Views: 548

Re: We need some tastings in the diary

For the Christmas triple event week, how about an Offley vertical for this year, and possibly a '94@25 next year?
by uncle tom
13:53 Mon 29 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1382
Views: 131934

Re: Latest buy

12 x 20cl bottles of Graham 30YO tawny
2 x 75cl Quinta do Noval 1968 colheita
AHB buying brown sticky stuff? Whatever next!
by uncle tom
13:53 Tue 23 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cork Weevil
Replies: 4
Views: 215

Re: Cork Weevil

Nemapogon cloacellus is a small moth that is typically found in old rotting woodland. That it is called the Cork Moth may be a red herring, as I've never seen any dead (or live) moths around weevil infested bottles I've come across. What I have found is evidence of ordinary woodworm - the furniture ...
by uncle tom
13:32 Fri 12 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: How long will vintage port last?
Replies: 5
Views: 811

Re: How long will vintage port last?

This wine can be stored in this manner indefinitely without any damage to its quality or character.
They rather spoilt the message with that last word, as the wine will of course age and mature and change it's character as a result.

Did they also caution that the wine will throw a deposit?
by uncle tom
13:10 Mon 25 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Christmas wine and port
Replies: 20
Views: 2472

Re: Christmas wine and port

This year a Ch. Branaire ' 66 proved solid, and was followed by a Martinez '22 - very tawny in colour, but also very quaffable..
by uncle tom
11:27 Fri 22 Dec 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 21st December 2017 - The Port Forum Xmas Bash
Replies: 43
Views: 2974

Re: Thu 21st December 2017 - The Port Forum Xmas Bash

The 1917's cork has been bleached and is now legible - just..!

The first part of the shipper is illegible, but it ends INEZ - so must be Martinez
by uncle tom
12:17 Tue 19 Dec 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 21st December 2017 - The Port Forum Xmas Bash
Replies: 43
Views: 2974

Re: Thu 21st December 2017 - The Port Forum Xmas Bash

CMAG and WS will both be fielding a pair unknowns (but not similar bottles) from the recent Sworders sale I have finally stood up the bottle that is certainly 1917 and allegedly Fonseca, that JDAW has been badgering me to open for about three years now, to see if the cork reveals all.. Log store at ...
by uncle tom
12:11 Tue 19 Dec 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tuesday 19th December - 77@40
Replies: 86
Views: 5249

Re: Tuesday 19th December - 77@40

Delaforce, Offley and Morgan decanted 10.30 - 11.00 and looking good.

All three corks with horizontal branding..