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Old 05-22-2007, 09:01 PM   #1
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I made a brew paddle out of a piece of thick oak plywood. I haven't used it yet, but I just wanted to see if there's anything I should be aware of prior to putting it in a couple gallons of boiling wort.

Anyone have anything they'd like to say?

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Dammit! I was just getting ready to use a joke like this in another thread.
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"The plies are bonded under heat and pressure with strong adhesives, usually phenol formaldehyde resin"

I think I would stay away from it. But i have a sinking suspicion that you already knew that so, to follow suit...... Don't buy from OakPlywoodPaddleDepot.com

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"The plies are bonded under heat and pressure with strong adhesives, usually phenol formaldehyde resin"

I think I would stay away from it. But i have a sinking suspicion that you already knew that so, to follow suit...... Don't buy from OakPlywoodPaddleDepot.com
"Phenol-formaldehyde resins are inexpensive, heat-resistant, and waterproof, though somewhat brittle. The polymerization of phenol with formaldehyde involves electrophilic aromatic…"

A lot of things I'm reading say it's boil-proof.

Further, I found this:

"Mash paddle. An ordinary wooden spoon is useless for stirring much more than 10 lb of grain. A simple wooden paddle can be cut from a single piece of hardwood, greatly facilitating mash mixing. Do not use plywood to make a mash paddle; the adhesives used in its manufacture are not food-grade, and the pine wood will flavor the wort in an undesirable way."

This doesn't worry me very much. I'm not using cheap pine plywood, this is expensive oak plywood. Sounds like, at worse it'll oak my mash, which may be a good thing. I think I'll keep it.
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Maybe I'm nuts here, but I'm thinking why not seal it with a coat of water-based polyurethane? If you do two coats and let it cure thoroughly, I'd think you would eliminate any worries about glue leaching out.

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Maybe I'm nuts here, but I'm thinking why not seal it with a coat of water-based polyurethane? If you do two coats and let it cure thoroughly, I'd think you would eliminate any worries about glue leaching out.
Good call. Maybe I will. Want one? I can cut out more.
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I saw a plywood mash paddle for sale at fermentinanoldshoeyoufoundbythesideoftheroad.com

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http://bayouclassicdepot.com/1001_wo...ing_paddle.htm

This one is pine plywood.
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