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Old 01-10-2012, 02:38 PM   #51
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These are all sweet! I need one, I'm tired of wearing my arm out stirring with a long spoon.

Question: Do the holes serve a purpose, or are they just to look good?

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Old 01-10-2012, 02:57 PM   #52
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What is the best wood/finish combination to keep the grain from rising while stirring all that hot moisture!!!???

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Old 01-10-2012, 05:08 PM   #53
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The holes are there to help the paddle break up dry pockets in the mash. Kind of like using a whisk to mix batter instead of spoon.

I've used butchers block oil on mine but the grain still raised up after use. I guess I'm not that worried about it. I would rather have that than seal it and chance some off flavors in the beer from the varnish.

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Old 01-10-2012, 05:46 PM   #54
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Oftentimes when doing high end finishes to wood you wet the wood to intentionally raise the grain. After sanding smooth following the wetting, you have a much more stable surface to start applying your sealer and finish. Obviously you would not apply sealer or finish to the mash paddle, but theoretically, after the grain is raised and sanded (maybe a couple times) you should have a stable paddle that remains smooth.

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Old 01-10-2012, 07:44 PM   #55
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I recently made my own mash paddle out of maple (2-row design). I've used it several times and left the maple as-is and unfinished. Works great!

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Old 01-11-2012, 12:42 PM   #56
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Great looking paddles guys, I have made a few from oak myself. I did see mention of using wood from old shipping pallets. This is really not a good idea for anything you plan to use around foodstuffs. Pallets could have been anywhere in the world and used to ship all sorts of chemicals, caustic solutions and metals that can leech into the wood. You can never get it out. It really didn't even have to be on your pallet yours could have just been sat down in what fell off another pallet.
+1 - wouldn't be caught with a pallet board in my brew. Having worked in shipping as a younger man the things you see....dreadful!
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I recently made my own mash paddle out of maple (2-row design). I've used it several times and left the maple as-is and unfinished. Works great!
By the way, very cool design Keano41.
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Bam!!!

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Old 01-11-2012, 02:26 PM   #59
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Is that your Halloween mash paddle? That's pretty cool!
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Old 01-11-2012, 05:02 PM   #60
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I like this one! Simple, but cool design.
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