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Old 12-05-2012, 02:14 PM   #111
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Thanks sweetcell for the compliment and I respect your concerns, but I've done much research and found that people who have oiled their paddle and used it multiple times, they had no ill-effects to their finished beer or head retention specifically.

I therefore said F it and went ahead and oiled it. I think it looks better with the grain color popping. If I do experience bad outcomes with the finished product, then ill know not to use oiled paddles in the future.

Considering the amount of time the paddle will actually be in contact with the wort, I'm not going to stress about it anymore.

 
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:15 PM   #112
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Oops, I'm an idiot. I didn't realize my reply went to the next page and thought that it didn't post. Haha sorry for the double post.

 
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:20 PM   #113
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Just finished my first mash paddle.
I am a hammock camper and the outline is from this site http://www.hammockforums.net/
Very cool. I had no idea of this thing.
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:22 PM   #114
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Zmad,

I like that! Really sweet! What did you use to cut out the design in the paddle?

I used a scroll saw and it was such a pain on mine. I did get better as I went though an my cuts got smoother as I went.

 
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:21 PM   #115
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Zmad - nice! I'm thinking about moving over to a hammock for backpacking purposes too. Thanks for the forum link
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:24 PM   #116
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For most of the work i used a foldable camp saw, dremel and sandpaper. Later on I was able to get access to a belt sander to round over the edges. Since i live in an apartment and the walls suck sound wise i cant use power tools.

 
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:30 PM   #117
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I used butchers block oil on mine. I oil it after I've cleaned it when I'm done mashing, that way it has plenty of time to soak in and dry before the next brew. I haven't noticed any ill affects in my beers with it that way. I did not oil my first paddle and it dried out and started to crack after only 10 batches or so.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:18 PM   #118
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Yes that is exactly what I DON'T want to happen. I had mineral oil on hand so I used that. It seemed that it will work great. It applied just like tung oil (I'm comparing to that because I have used it before on other wood). Besides I think butchers oil is mineral oil and something else mixed, if I'm not mistaken.

 
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:30 PM   #119
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Has anybody used bees wax to finish their mash paddle? I have used it on turned wood pieces and it gives the wood a beautiful shine and protects. However, I don't believe is penetrates much below the surface and I have never used it on a piece that would be in contact with hot liquid. Any thoughts?

 
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:20 PM   #120
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Here i just asked the same question a few days ago. Here is the link to the thread: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/mash...finish-371876/

I had great results with mine. It turned the maple a nice light golden color and made the grain pop. Havent used it in a brew yet.

 
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