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Old 05-22-2009, 05:17 PM   #1
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Default Mash Paddle Wood Substitutions

So I have been calling every Lowes / Home Deopot / Lumber Company around and i can not find any Maple/Walnut/Cherry to get to make my mash paddle.

Is there a place that i am not thinking to look? I dont want to get one on ebay because ill have to pay too much to ship.

Lowes does have the following woods:

Red Oak
Poplar
Pine
Aspen

Would any of them be alright to use? Im not a big lumber guy so all the info
i got from the boards is that really its Maple or bust.

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Old 05-22-2009, 05:21 PM   #2
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Poplar will work just fine.

Red Oak is not recommended in this thread. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/mash-paddle-50874/index2.html

Pine- No

Aspen- Looks like it's soft, so probaby not a good idea either.

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Old 05-22-2009, 05:35 PM   #3
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Cool... Poplar it is.. i read a lot about treating it too but i dont think i will.

I want to use 1x4x48 and hopefully end up with a

36-42 inch paddle 4 inches wide and 3/4~1 thick..

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Yah, I used poplar on mine and left it untreated and it works great. I went with a larger plank but should have probably done the 1x4x48 as my mash paddle is fricken massive, but it makes a good home security system.

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LOL, I have SWMBOs set of Samurai swords for that... they could be deadly blunt instraments... but they look threatening

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Although that other post stated that red oak is not good for mash paddles, I have never experienced any issues with mine made from oak. Yes, maple is probably your best choice but oak won't be horrible either. Only thing I don't like about the oak is that it seems to get a little splintery (not a word, I know) after each mash. I just sand her down a little bit and she's back to new. Personally, I think it is just personal preference.

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Just a note,
Aspen is part of the poplar family. There's probably little difference other than color between the tulip poplar and aspen poplar at lowes/hd.

It also doesn't matter much what type of wood, just make sure it's low in resin so you don't get "flavors".

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Red oak is a pretty hard wood and will give you a more durable paddle. I suggest using a piece that has grain running as close as possible to parallel to the face of the board. It is ring porous, and you will have wort in the rings, but that should rinse out readily. Oak has tannins that will flavor your beer if it sits in it for months, like with white oak barrel conditioning (red oak barrels would leak through the ring pores). For a one hour mash, not a real issue. I'd vote oak, if you can't get some maple online.

Aspen or poplar are softer and lighter "hardwoods", and inch for inch the oak would be more deadly for home security. This is one place where size would clearly matter!

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I found 1x6" maple at my local HD...

Just waiting to bust out the jigsaw...

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If you're not set on wood, you might check a local restaurant supply store for something like this. I found one locally for about that price. It's more expensive than the wood, but there's no labor involved (unless you want to cut or drill holes) and it should last forever.

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