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Old 12-03-2008, 03:29 PM   #1
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Default What kind of wood to use for Mash Paddle?

I'm going to try my hand at making a mash paddle. If it comes out nice, I'll make a fiberglass jig for it so I can crank them out with a router... Are there any specific types of wood to avoid? Also, what are the best types of wood?

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Old 12-03-2008, 03:46 PM   #2
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Best type would probably be a hard maple.... I would stay away from balsa.

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Any of the real hardwoods - Oak, Cherry, Walnut, Hard Maple. I think even poplar would do ok.

I'd be quite cautious about what you coat/ clean it with. Initially, I thought of using food grade oil (think butcher block cutting board), but I don't know.

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I guess you'd be fine with about anything. I used maple, many use oak. Some say not use oak for fear of leaching tannins, but I can't imagine an oak paddle contributing much for the 5-10 minutes it's in the mash. Here's mine:

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Generally you want to stay with hard wood. White oak is the best choice IMHO because it has extremely high rot resistance a good hardness and any tannins leached will be fine and dandy for your brew (this is what high quality barrels are made of). Do not use red oak or any soft woods, including any conifers.

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I used red oak for mine because that's what I had in stock at the time. It does what I need it to do and since it's only in the mash about 60 seconds, I can't believe it is adding any off flavors. For that matter, almost any wood should work, it's not like you leave it soak in the mash for hours at a time or are mixing mortar.

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Here's mine. I used hard maple, drilled the holes with a 3/4 inch hole saw, used a router on all the edges including the holes and then sanded with grey scotchbrite pad till bably smooth.
Works great!!

The only wood I would consider using is maple or oak. Stay away form soft woods or wood that has been treated or coated.

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+1 on hard maple. I used curly maple because I had some around. Turned out great:

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Wow... why'd you take a pic of your grandma holding your mash paddle??

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Way to bring that little gem of a photo back, Evan!

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