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Old 10-01-2009, 03:25 AM   #1
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Hello,

I have access to a full woodshop and would like to fabricate a mash paddle out of wood similiar to the design found on morebeer.com website.

I was considering a SS version they also sell, but the holes are just not big enough to really break up any dough balls...the solid version is probably the most worthless unless I plan on going back to extract brewing (NEVER).

Has anyone ever thought of taking a solid SS paddle as I described and plasma cut oval slots as found on the wooden mash paddle?

Do you prefer a hardwood paddle over SS?

Any info would be great...Thanks for the time

Joe

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Do holes (voids of space) break up anything? I thought it was the solid part of the paddle that broke up other solid masses. I use large plastic spoons and have never had issues with dry spots/balls.

I understand that holes will prevent flow around the paddle that will carry lumps around. Mash thick and you can avoid the problem. That being said, I mash at 1.5 qt/lb. and don't have issues.

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I made mine from maple and I really like it. The holes in it seem to help agitate the mash and break up dough balls. I love woodworking so it was an easy choice for me.
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Hi guys....thanks for the responses.

Rich,

Did you have to seal it or is it even worth it assuming you don't leave it in the boil for prolonged periods or allow it to soak in water for too long. My brewing process involves having a 5 gallon bucket of water with sanitizer just sitting there to soak all sueable hoses, fittings and brushes that might be used in the process and occasionally dip the mash paddle before it goes back into the mash.

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Hi guys....thanks for the responses.

Rich,

Did you have to seal it or is it even worth it assuming you don't leave it in the boil for prolonged periods or allow it to soak in water for too long. My brewing process involves having a 5 gallon bucket of water with sanitizer just sitting there to soak all sueable hoses, fittings and brushes that might be used in the process and occasionally dip the mash paddle before it goes back into the mash.
It's best to leave a mash paddle unfinished. Any finish would likely not remain intact for long anyway. There may be some kind of finish that would survive repeated immersion in hot liquids, but it would probably not be worth the trouble or expense to use it. This is not a problem as it will be used pre-boil where there is little to no risk of contamination. Post boil is a whole different thing where you do want to be extra careful about sanitation. This is not to say don't keep the paddle clean, but it's not necessary to sanitize it as you would fermenters, spoons and such that may come into contact with the wort post boil. Wood is porous and nearly impossible to sanitize thoroughly anyway.
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If you feel you need to put something on your paddle, I would coat it with cutting board conditioner. It is food grade and does help my maple cutting board for sure. It does take a few coats though.

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Good tips...Thanks for the help

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If you feel you need to put something on your paddle, I would coat it with cutting board conditioner. It is food grade and does help my maple cutting board for sure. It does take a few coats though.
I wouldn't use it on the paddle for beer its an oil . Potential head killer. Just leave it naked its better that way ... At least I keep telling that to SWMBO.
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http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...001&lpage=none


All of 10 bucks at lowes. 35" long stir paddle.
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Very nice...thank you for the advice

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