Salsero wrote:The best way to know the humidity in a given location is to get a cheap hygrometer from ebay or a cigar store. There's no sense in guessing.
Florida, BTW, has a wonderfu climate for aging pu. It's humid and warm most of the year. The only thing is, I'm not giving up my AC for the benefit of my pu, and air conditioning -- like heating -- makes the indoor humidity very different from the outdoor humidity. I suppose I could store my pu outdoors and continue to live indoors myself, but who knows what critters would get into my pu out there. I would have too much separation anxiety.
As I read it, the consensus seems to be that heat is not as important for aging pu as humidity, Warm coastal climates are where the humidity is high and where pu lovers have traditionally felt the best old sheng comes from. On the other hand, styles change so it is possible that ten years from now we will all be extolling the virtues of dry stored puerh from Las Vegas.
Sal, Guang of HouDe suggests that although his AC is on most of the time, his beengs are aging quite well in the upper level of his house. I read it in his blog somewhere when he was commenting on the Xi-Zhi Hao. Like FL, Houston aslo is quite muggy.