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Old 03-05-2013, 10:39 AM   #181
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So I've been thinking if making my mash paddle. The ol plastic spoon sucks. Can I use a reg 2 by 4? Prolly a stupid question. If not what kinda wood should I use? Thx everyone for the answers. Cheers everyone

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Old 03-05-2013, 11:51 AM   #182
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So I've been thinking if making my mash paddle. The ol plastic spoon sucks. Can I use a reg 2 by 4? Prolly a stupid question. If not what kinda wood should I use? Thx everyone for the answers. Cheers everyone
I used a 1x4 maple, but I'm sure a 2x4 will work, also oak.

you want to use a hardwood, and I wouldn't use pressure-treated.
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Construction lumber is made of pine. It is a softwood with a very loose grain. It does not do well when it gets wet repeatedly. That's why they use green-treat lumber in exposed places and you certainly don't want to use that in your beer! Your time would be better spent on a nice piece of hardwood. Your local lowes or home depot should have 1x4 pieces of various hardwood (maple, oak, walnut) in 3 or 4 foot pieces that are reasonably priced. They have nicer grain and will last a long time. Once you make the paddle finish it with some mineral oil or butchers block oil (some skip this step) and let it dry before you brew. I usually oil mine after the brew day is over so it is ready for the next time.

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Old 03-06-2013, 05:52 PM   #184
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I used a 1x4 maple, but I'm sure a 2x4 will work, also oak.

you want to use a hardwood, and I wouldn't use pressure-treated.
Wow... I certainly hope nobody's using pressure-treated lumber!
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Just finished mine. Hard maple with no finish.

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made mine a while ago. pretty fun little project.
I've since added volume marks so I can use it to measure volume in my kettles as well.

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Got inspired by this thread and knocked one out last weekend with my hometown sports teams.

Just an oak board from Lowe's.


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Got inspired by this thread and knocked one out last weekend with my hometown sports teams.

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