|Project by KnotCurser||posted 12-11-2011 12:54 AM||5652 views||3 times favorited||18 comments|
So, where to begin…............. Around two months ago I made a Mash Paddle for a good friend of mine after he won a fairly large Amateur Beer Brewer’s Competition.
He happened to be showing it off at a local beer brewing event in Baltimore, MD to a bunch of his friends and who should happen by to take a look at it? Sam Calagione, the founder and President of Dogfish Head Beer located in Milton, Delaware – MY Favorite Beer! Sam was also the star of Discovery Channel’s Prime Time Series “BrewMasters“
A minor miracle happened when Sam contacted me for a custom Mash Paddle – one big enough to stir a 7BBL Mash Tun – that’s around 260 GALLONS (980 Liters) of beer!!!!! He wanted it to use on a weekly basis in the test brewery he has on display in his restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, DE.
While my standard, home-brewer’s paddles stand around 36 inches high, this one is 55 inches. I also obtained permission to cut the DogFish Head Logo into the face of the paddle. It is made of 1 1/4” solid Cherry with a walnut detail in the handle.
I used a bandsaw and sander to shape the paddle itself and a scrollsaw to (very slowly) cut the images into the thick cherry. Finish was a single coat of food-safe mineral oil as they will be boiling it prior to actual use.
The paddle was finished a few weeks ago, but I was asked to wait until yesterday, when Beer Advocate Magazine held an event at the restaurant and Sam wanted to show off the paddle to everyone at the party as well as the entire restaurant!
Besides having a FANTASTIC evening with Sam and his family, Beer Advocate’s owners and staff and two good friends who were with us, Sam also set me up with three large bottles of his finest beer, two other pints from other breweries, a hat and a tote bag.
Pic one: Sam (holding the paddle), Me in the middle and the owner of Beer Advocate Magazine.
Pic two: Sam showing off the paddle and reading my business card to the entire place.
Pic Three: My paddle already being used in the brewery
Pic Four: Closeup of the paddle
Pic Five: Beer Score!!!!!
Enjoy – I know I did! :-)
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