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Old 01-24-2013, 01:35 PM   #21
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:45 PM   #22
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I got the 36" Polar Ware SS mash paddle for Christmas. It is actually a bit big for my square 48qt cooler. It is quite wide (5 inches) and runs into my screen tube on the bottom. Otherwise it simply destroys dough balls and my mash stirring time have become shorter since it can move quite a bit of water and grain with one stroke across the cooler.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:51 PM   #23
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I got a 24" long plastic spoon that I use to stir my boil and my mashes. Have done biab 10 gallon in a 15 gallon brew pot with no issues. Where the heck do I go to get dough balls? I've never even seen one. I feel like i'm missing out on an important part of the brewing brotherhood. I think it's be cool to get a custom carved mash paddle to hang in the brew cave, but honestly my plastic spoon is doing just fine.

 
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:55 PM   #24
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I have a wooden mash paddle for ceremonial purposes.
Ceremonial purposes???
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:57 PM   #25
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:32 PM   #26
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FWIW I use a French whip or whisk. I purchased it from Rebel Brewer after reading a review from that store's site. I love it because I can break up any dough balls that might form. It works great. Here is a link to the item if you are interested.

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Old 01-24-2013, 05:41 PM   #27
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I have a rectangular mash tun and use a 14" stainless whisk, works great and tears through dough balls

 
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:55 PM   #28
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Ceremonial purposes???
It looks more homebrewer-ish up on my pegboard than a stainless bbq spatula. When my son's friends came over (back when he was younger) I used to let them play with it if they showed interest in my brewery (old pantry room). So basically I use it to entertain 5 year olds.

I pump water into the mash tun from the bottom. This, plus my HERMS system pretty much eliminated the need for mixing up the mash. The few times I need to, I find the spatula is easier to use than the paddle.
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:54 PM   #29
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I use a 24 inch stainless steel stirring spoon I bought from a restaurant supply store. LHBS sometimes sell similar things. But then, I'm only working with 5 gallons at a time.
I've got a large SS spoon as well that works pretty well even on batches with upwards of 30# of grain. I think having a cool looking mash paddle would be nice, but cleaning the stainless spoon is a little easier I suspect, plus I'm definitely a function before form kind of guy and what I have now works. If it ain't broke don't fix it!
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:14 PM   #30
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Just as an aside note: If I wanted to make my own mash paddle, what type of wood and how would it be finished? I'm thinking red oak and satin polyurethane. Not sure how they woold stand up to mash temps.

 
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