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Old 02-10-2012, 02:27 PM   #11
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Being from down here in S. E. Louisiana, we have a pretty good supply of some beautiful old growth cypress. Being that cypress is very water tolerant, it seems like a good fit.


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Old 02-10-2012, 05:47 PM   #12
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I made a Mash Paddle out of a piece of Maple about a week ago. I bought it for about $8.00 at Menard's.


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Old 02-10-2012, 06:02 PM   #13
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Maple w/ butcher block finish


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Old 02-14-2012, 11:45 PM   #14
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Hard Maple is the best. I have a nice one made out of sugar maple with the bird's eye imperfection. It is possibly the most gorgeous thing ever.
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:55 PM   #15
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I made one out of a branch of white oak that fell in my back yard. $0.00!

Sorry, too lazy to take a pic and post it.

It split a bit on the end so I have harvested another branch that is drying in my garage. I have to figure out what kind of wood it is. I don't want to poison myself.
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:17 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by big_al_in_k-zoo
I made a Mash Paddle out of a piece of Maple about a week ago. I bought it for about $8.00 at Menard's.
I have the same lazyboy. Now I just need to make me a mash paddle...
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:25 PM   #17
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Stick with hardwoods, and avoid any woods known for oils (i.e. teak) or intense characteristics (i.e. aromatic cedar or mahogany). My rule of thumb is to stick with woods known for use in foods or brewing. Birches and maples are all very neutral woods used for things like toothpicks, cutting boards, etc. Various oaks are obviously associated with barrel-aging properties. Beeches, applewood, cherrywood, and hickory are all associated with smoked malts and other smoked/roasted foods.

My mash paddle (sorry, no pic) is carved of a 3/4" thick cherrywood plank with hop pictures carved in each face. No finish on it - I'd rather not add the foreign substances.
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Get a wood burner or strong solder iron, measure then burn your gallon marks on the edge. Trust me!
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:03 PM   #19
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Default Quartersawn White Oak Mash Paddle

I do a lot of woodworking and have lots of scraps lying around the shop. I used this piece of quartersawn white oak to make my mash paddle last night. I am brewing my first all grain beer tomorrow. I'll try to attach a pic of the paddle to this post.

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Old 02-17-2012, 09:10 PM   #20
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One of the very few Sassafras Paddles. I rarely hit it with some grapeseed oil.



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