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Old 02-18-2012, 03:23 AM   #21
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Mine is literally an old piece of untreated scrap lumber...

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Old 02-19-2012, 01:56 AM   #22
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I've been meaning to make one out of some red oak. I want to make one for my friend who has a nano brewery in Danville, ky. this helped. thanks for every one that responded to this post.

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Old 02-19-2012, 02:13 PM   #23
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I made a paddle out if 4' long piece of 1X6 Maple. I will try and add a picture but this app keeps crashing on my phone ...not a 100% original idea but I made a barley grain design in the wide part of the paddle.

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Old 06-17-2012, 08:23 PM   #24
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Some places use boat paddles

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Old 06-18-2012, 03:02 PM   #25
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Mine is Maple. Seen here during my first all grain brew this weekend.

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Old 06-18-2012, 06:57 PM   #26
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How about mahogany? It's actually cheaper than maple right now.

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Old 06-18-2012, 07:01 PM   #27
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I used Maple with a butcher block finish

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I was told Oak can give off bad Tannins...

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I used a 2x2 oak with 1/2" and 1-1/2' dowels for my staff of power.

Tannins? Only if you bring your mash to a boil.

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How about mahogany? It's actually cheaper than maple right now.
I know that in general, mahogany is more rich in oils than most woods - that's part of why it's so dense and heavy. It also creates a sawdust that is so fine (particularly with power sanders) that breathing protection is highly recommended - the particles can easily be inhaled and can be deposited in the lungs. It is usually used as a detailing trim material or for inlays due to its beautiful colour.

I've heard that the pore structure allows more of it to be extracted (if you look at the end grain of a diagonal cross-section of mahogany, you'll see tiny holes all through it) - although I think the oils take a fair amount of heat to liquify.

Personally, I'd do a little google-searching on industrial or culinary uses of mahogany before putting it to use in contact with my beer.....however, I have a e-Brew system in planning that will be sheathed in wood for aesthetics/insulation and I'm currently debating between African mahogany, teak, and kukui....
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