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Dave258 03-19-2010 08:12 PM

DIY Mash Paddle
Now that I have my first all grain brew under my belt, and plan to stick with it, I wanted to make my own mash paddle. I did a search and only come up with some old posts, nothing more current.
I thought I found that Maple is one of the better hard woods to use. I bought a 1"X6"X8' today at HD for about $23.00.
I figure I can make 2 and sell one. I was planning on making them 4 feet long each, but now am seeing some being sold that are 3 feet. Do you think 4 is too big? Right now I mash in a 10 gallon round cooler.
Next, some people say they treat with food grade oil, some don't. Should they bee treated?
I know there isn't a right or wrong, but I am looking for what works for people that have more experience.

As always, thanks in advance!

oceanselv 03-19-2010 08:24 PM

I used poplar and mine is 3 feet. The length really depends not only on how big your cooler is but how high off the ground is the top of the cooler when you use it. Regrading a finish for the wood I elected not to use one. The poplar is fairly dense and I have not had a problem. If you don't have a site glass, the mash paddle can be used instead. Simply pour water into your kettle in 1/2 gallon increments and mark the level on the mash paddle. Use a file to mark the paddle and not a pen or a sharpie.

Dave258 03-19-2010 09:00 PM

I will get to work then over the weekend.

GLoBaLReBeL 03-19-2010 10:37 PM

Dave . . if you want to ship one out my way . . I'd be willing to throw ya some $$ ;) That dog of yours looks like it could use some dentist work HAHA

Dave258 03-20-2010 01:30 AM

I wonder what shipping would run on something like that.

My dog is an English Bulldog. He has a bit of an under-bite to say the least. He's a good dog though!

Blackhawkbrew 03-20-2010 02:04 AM

Dave, I don't know how much work or how much trouble it would be, but I might be willing to pay for a paddle also - you know, to contribute to the canine orthodontal fund.

Dave258 03-20-2010 02:48 AM

We'll see how they go. I'll post some pics when I am done, but I am not planning on doing anything that outrageous... I just like making my own stuff.
With this piece of wood I am going to make a 3 footer and a 4 footer. My brother in law got into brewing with me, and he is a bit "vertically challanged" he may need a step stool with a 4 footer. When I am done I will post pics. Hopefully they will be done on Sunday.

Snakebone 03-20-2010 03:02 AM

Does your sister say he's verticaly challenged?

edasaurus 03-20-2010 09:22 PM


Originally Posted by oceanselv (Post 1955365)
...Use a file to mark the paddle and not a pen or a sharpie.

What's the issue with using a sharpie?

KCBrewer 03-20-2010 09:58 PM


Originally Posted by Dave258 (Post 1955949)
My dog is an English Bulldog. He has a bit of an under-bite to say the least. He's a good dog though!

Holy crap, those are his real teeth? Every time I saw your pic I thought you had put some of those fake hobo teeth in his mouth as a joke. I'm not even up to AG brewing yet, but I'll buy a paddle from you if it helps with that dog's grill. :D

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