Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing > Paddle your mash?
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 08-22-2012, 12:36 AM   #1
RobertRGeorge
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Nelson, Bc
Posts: 535
Liked 48 Times on 38 Posts
Likes Given: 10

Default Paddle your mash?

I have just discovered the joys of using a paddle to stir the mash tun instead of the long handled stirring spoon I use for fermenation. Amazingly more efficient.

My question is, I see a lot of paddles with holes in them, some pretty fancy. Mine is a stockpot paddle from the restaurant supply store. It works great, but has no holes; could I possibly get some esoteric value from creating small areas of turbulence in my mash? Would anything other than the cool factor be served?


RobertRGeorge is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2012, 12:47 AM   #2
Gduck
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Ithaca, NY
Posts: 424
Liked 13 Times on 13 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

I believe one of the main reasons for holes in the mash paddle is to aid in the breaking up of dough balls in the mash so the grain can be soaked evenly.


Gduck is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2012, 01:32 AM   #3
Tinga
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: MN
Posts: 1,160
Liked 36 Times on 28 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

yeah I believe most people have holes in the paddle to break up the dough balls. but if you dough in while stirring and do a good job of it you probably wont need to break up many dough balls.
Tinga is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2012, 01:35 AM   #4
kh54s10
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
kh54s10's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Tiverton, Rhode Island
Posts: 7,842
Liked 827 Times on 697 Posts
Likes Given: 216

Default

If you don't have holes in your mash paddle you risk the possibility of high DMS esters.
kh54s10 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2012, 11:34 AM   #5
zachattack
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: , MA
Posts: 2,625
Liked 260 Times on 223 Posts
Likes Given: 153

Default

I too have a cheapo wooden paddle from a restaurant supply store. It's worked well for me so far.
zachattack is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2012, 11:40 AM   #6
passedpawn
Waste Allocation Load Lifter - Earth Class
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
passedpawn's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: ☼ Clearwater, FL ☼
Posts: 21,101
Liked 4300 Times on 2623 Posts
Likes Given: 3696

Default

If you add holes to your paddle you'll avoid hot side aeration, and as a bonus you won't need to use a secondary. It'll keep your curve ball from hanging, and your wife will see you with new lustful eyes. A raise at work becomes much more likely, and the Jones next door will begin admiring your lawn.

Further, the paddle moves a bit more easily through thick, deep mashes. And that's about it. Like they say in the big republic of Texas, Drill baby drill!
__________________
- Andrew
passedpawn is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2012, 10:12 PM   #7
RobertRGeorge
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Nelson, Bc
Posts: 535
Liked 48 Times on 38 Posts
Likes Given: 10

Default

I'm surprised no one mentioned that holes will increase the sting when you use the paddle to punish the mash gnomes.
Anyway, thanks for the insights. Drill I will.


RobertRGeorge is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mash paddle with glue zgo All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 3 05-13-2012 10:39 PM
Mash Paddle Dougie63 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 2 02-18-2012 06:33 PM
Mash paddle earlyd All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 34 10-27-2011 04:40 AM
Do you oil a wooden mash paddle? jldc All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 5 06-20-2010 11:32 AM
Mash Paddle.....why? Kayos All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 42 11-10-2007 01:20 AM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS