Here in Australia we are having really strange weather. Bushfires and record temperatures a couple of weeks back and then very heavy rainfall. It's all adding up to high humidity which is proving "interesting" for chocolate - especially polishing in a pan.
At the moment I can't get below about 60% RH although I have had my dehumidifier on for days with the room closed.
I have a home based business working out of a converted "spare room". I know that I need to work more on sealing it better. But there is more to the problem than that. When the temperature reduces the RH increases. Sadly the dehumidifer also stops working or it goes into a "de-ice cycle" and then the RH soars and if I am polishing I have MAJOR problems.
While there is seemingly nothing I can about it (the manufacturer tells me) I HAVE to fix the problem.
One thought is a dehumidifier that also heats the air to drive up the "dew point". More "non-chocolate" technology to get my head around and pay for too. I think costly.
Another is to use a dessicant dehumidifier. In essence, the raw, moist air is blown into a silica gel wheel where the water is removed. The wheel then goes through a heater where the water is driven off and exhausted to the outside air and then the cycle is repeated.
SOUNDS like a neat solution and seemingly not too costly (about $5,000).
But I don't know anyone that has done this.
Does anyone have any comments please? I need to fix the problem!
updated by @colin-green: 04/10/15 05:26:43PM