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Old 01-11-2008, 12:14 PM   #1
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I am new to the world of AG brewing but have come to find out that most AG brewers are also do it your selfers when it comes to making there brewing equipment. This is why I am asking for help. I have just built a mash paddle out of poplar and want to put a finish on it. I have read that if you oil such as the block oil used on cutting boards and salad bowls you can contaminate the beer causing bad head retention. I was thinking of using a spray on polyurethane but was not sure if this was the best idea or if any one else had any better ideas.


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Old 01-11-2008, 01:09 PM   #2
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No idea about finish (none, perhaps?), but have a question: what dimensions did you use?

I made an quick one last night, leftover 36x6 poplar, a wee bit too tall and wide... heavy too!

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I don't know about the head retention concern, but I've been scheming on this very same idea and was planning on using what is called "salad bowl finish". It's not a block oil, but an actual finish that dries on and cures, and is food safe. I use it when I make cutting/cheese boards. If it starts to affect my head retention, I'll sand it off. But I would never consider polyurethane, and I do not believe that it is food-safe (that's the whole idea behind salad bowl finish---that it's food safe).

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Isn't salad bowl finish mineral oil-based anyway?

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Isn't salad bowl finish mineral oil-based anyway?
yep. but it actually cures, unlike a simple block oil. Like I said, though, I have no idea whether it would hurt head retention. To be safe, after you finish it, you could heat up a big pot of water and stir the paddle in that for awhile to get rid of any residual oil that might have leached into the mash.
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I didn't treat mine at all. It doesn't seem any worse for the wear after a dozen or so brews, and I expect it to last quite a long time. When it wears out, I'll spend another $8 on a new one.

I've got one like this, excpet I drilled 3 1-inch holes in the paddle.

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I didn't treat mine at all. It doesn't seem any worse for the wear after a dozen or so brews, and I expect it to last quite a long time. When it wears out, I'll spend another $8 on a new one.

I've got one like this, excpet I drilled 3 1-inch holes in the paddle.

what species did you use?
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This is one DIY project that is low on my list of priorities, however when I get around to it I suspect I will use something more dense than poplar... maybe maple or cherry. I also would not use a finish. I would simply sand it with progressively finer paper to about a 600 grit level. Raising the grain between each step and finishing with a wet sand would leave it very smooth.

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I always thought that I would make an untreated oak paddle and just treat it with bourbon before most brews.

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No idea about finish (none, perhaps?), but have a question: what dimensions did you use?

I made an quick one last night, leftover 36x6 poplar, a wee bit too tall and wide... heavy too!

The paddle surface is 5.5" X 8" with 10 - 1" holes drilled in it. The total paddle is 24" long with a 1 1/2" handle. A little short for the boil pot but just right for the mash tun.

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