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Old 04-28-2008, 07:20 AM   #1
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I have some white oak boards sitting around and I swear I heard one beg me for some attention. I believe it is jealous that the pressure treated 4x4's and the crappy cheap-o 2x4's are getting all the glory by holding up my mash tun etc... I've heard it's cry and I do believe I can end it's pain and misery by sawing it up, routering a bit of it's grainy flesh away and sanding that of it's body I deem inappropriate to a beautiful paddle shape! How long from end to end should I make it? how wide should the handle be? How wide should the paddle be? how wide should the hole be in the center of the paddle? Do I need to do anything other than sand it to prepare it for service?

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Old 04-29-2008, 12:07 AM   #2
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Google is your friend.
http://biergotter.org/blog/archives/000042.shtml
http://www.natalukas.com/brewing.htm
http://www.homebrew.com/articles/article08300201.shtml

I built one of wooden dowels. It now sits lonely in the corner begging to be used as well. The long stainless steel spoon screams louder, is easier to use and clean up.

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Old 04-29-2008, 06:22 AM   #3
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Gotcha. So it dosn't matter too much the shape as long as it isn't a solid paddle. Do you really need to use food grade mineral oil on the paddle or would it be ok to use right after a good dusting?

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Old 04-29-2008, 04:04 PM   #4
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I see how you would want a DIY mash paddle if they were expensive, but they're really not. I got mine for $8 from HD. I drilled some 1" holes in the paddle to help it "rake" and not just paddle the grain around. No oil or anything, and I expect it to last plenty long enough before I have to spend another $8. I guess if you've got extra time to burn, though...

It's the same as this one.

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I would not oil it. I have mine raw white oak. Come up with a design that fits well with your brewery, as long as it is study it will work. Realistically, all you NEED is a stick long enough to reach the bottom of your tun. Cool looking paddles are definately better though. Post some pics!

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Old 04-30-2008, 08:42 AM   #6
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MY NEW MASH PADDLE!!!!!!







I had more pics of various stages being cut up and such but it was at the end of the memory so it kept taking the picture over the last one taken. oh well, a bit more sanding and it'll be a fine addition to my brewery!!! I'm definately excited about it!

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That's pretty cool. Well done!

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Looks great!

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Looks Good! Here's a pic of mine I made a few months ago.

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Here's mine

Just treated it with mineral oil... first use will be next weekend!
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