A Pair of Mash Paddles

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Project by KnotCurser posted 12-12-2013 07:11 PM 1503 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This pair of Mash Paddles were commissioned by a great customer from Washington State and are intended to be given as Holiday gifts.

Normally, to construct a Mash Paddle, enough openings need to be cut into the paddle part to make it easy to break up clumps of grain during the “mashing in” process of beer making.

These paddles were purchased with the intention of only be hung on the wall as decoration – that allowed me to get a tad more creative in the design and layout of them. They were also to be hung horizontally, so I had to keep that in mind when laying them out.

The lighter of the two is solid White Oak. The darker is solid Cherry.

Both measure 44 inches in length are are just over 3 1/2 inches wide.

I decided to treat them with 100% food-grade safe mineral oil as I normally would any paddle I make as it is just easier for me since I have a dip-tank built just for this operation.

Any carving is accomplished using my CNC router. The Hops flower that are cut out of the Oak paddle were done on my scroll saw.

I had a great time creating these paddles – they are a tad different than my usual offerings, which made them fun to build.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 12-12-2013 07:37 PM

Very nice! As a homebrewer I’ve been thinking of making my own paddle. Any issues with mineral oil effecting the head retention of the beer?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#2 posted 12-12-2013 07:49 PM


There is so little oil in the base of the paddle and most of it cures that I doubt enough enters the mash to be concerned over. If you have any concerns, I would simple boil the paddle prior to the very first use.

I have done this with a “fresh paddle” and saw absolutely no oil on the surface of the water which tells me that the vast majority soaked into the wood and cured.

Good luck with making your own!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#3 posted 12-13-2013 02:11 PM

Those are very nice. I’m thinkin it may be hard to use em while in those trees.. lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 12-15-2013 02:57 AM

Great work

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 12-16-2013 05:22 PM

You make really fancy paddles, too nice to use. They are great to display as beautiful ornament. Great work!

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