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Old 01-23-2013, 05:10 PM   #11
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A good mash paddle makes a hug difference. I tried using my plastic spoon and it just bent, especially when it heated up.

Plus, it's a new toy! Everyone likes getting new toys for brewing!



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Old 01-23-2013, 06:43 PM   #12
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I am currently in the process of designing a mash paddle where the head of it looks like a hop cone. Couldn't find anything like it so I figured I would make one.



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Old 01-23-2013, 09:13 PM   #13
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FWIW I use a French whip or whisk. I purchased it from Rebel Brewer after reading a review from that store's site. I love it because I can break up any dough balls that might form. It works great. Here is a link to the item if you are interested.
I can actually relate to this a little more. When I did BIAB, I used a potato masher to stir my mash. Now that the grain bed is considerably deeper, I've gone back to the metal spoon, but that long whisk might be good. It doesn't get beat up in the mash?
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:20 PM   #14
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Am i the only one who uses my hand.?

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Am i the only one who uses my hand.?
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I never realized how badly I needed a wooden paddle until after I used mine the first time. They are cheap and well worth it, just get one

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Am i the only one who uses my hand.?
You can put your hand and arm in 160 degree water? WTF!
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I use a 24 inch stainless steel stirring spoon I bought from a restaurant supply store. LHBS sometimes sell similar things. But then, I'm only working with 5 gallons at a time.

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I have a wooden mash paddle for ceremonial purposes.

If I really want to mix up the mash I use a large BBQ spatula.

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Old 01-23-2013, 11:40 PM   #20
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I got the doweled mash paddle from NB as a Christmas gift. Used it for the first time on Monday and I would happily buy it with my own money now after using it.
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I have this paddle too (bought it with my own money!) and i LOVE it...has a cool "old school" look to it, too!



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