Abstract Mash Paddle

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Project by KnotCurser posted 07-11-2013 12:14 AM 2927 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While I have made at least two dozen full-sized “traditional” Mash Paddles in the past, I never made one for myself until now.

My normal sized mash paddles are for homebrewers that brew five to six gallons of beer at a time and measure around 45 inches long. I limit myself to 4 gallons at the max, so I don’t need such a big paddle.

I also wanted something “original” – I think this qualifies. ;-)

It measures only 24 inches long by five inches at it’s widest.

Made from solid, one inch thick walnut, it’s certainly strong enough to bust up any clumps of grain during my brewing sessions.

Treated only with food-grade mineral oil.

Don’t ask me what shape it is because I have no idea – my wife thinks it looks like a whale skeleton.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 07-11-2013 12:54 AM

Bob I admit I will drink a beer every so often,. but I have no idea what this paddle is used for..making beer I would guess, but how does it work?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 07-11-2013 09:54 AM

That’s really a cool looking one, Bob! Came out beautiful!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 07-11-2013 08:13 PM


Great question! As a homebrewer, I assume everyone must know what a Mash Paddle is – shame on me!

I am glad you asked as I can now share the following link with everyone and not seem like I am bragging too much. This is a video that Sam Calagione who is the owner of DogFish Head Brewery – one of America’s largest craft-breweries – put out to highlight their respect of tradition and new ways of brewing.

You will see what a mash paddle is used for in the first 20 seconds of this video – watch the rest for some really interesting insight into what make Dogfish Head such a great brewery.

Oh yeah – He uses MY PADDLES! You can see one in the very beginning and again around the 5 min mark. The paddle he is using is one of my largest offerings – it’s just around 70” tall and about an inch and a half thick, solid cherry. Oh yeah, I am bragging… ;-)

Take a gander – it’s a worthwhile 6 or 7 mins:

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#4 posted 07-15-2013 01:45 PM

Cool and funky mash paddle! Beautiful wood and finish. Great video as well, thanks for sharing. You make great paddles. Great job!

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#5 posted 05-16-2014 01:27 AM

So I know this is an old thread, but I just started brewing all grain out here in L.A. and really got a charge out of your paddle! And the fact that Sam uses your stuff is really effing cool!

Going to try my hand at making a couple thanks to you!


-- “Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

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#6 posted 05-16-2014 01:31 AM


Good luck with the paddle making – if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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