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Forum topic by Dallas posted 02-15-2013 12:48 AM 940 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-15-2013 12:48 AM

My brother asked me to make a mash paddle for his small beer brewing operation.
He kind of wants it, from what I can tell, to be shaped like an angled frying pan spatula only longer and wider with a hollow in it so he will be able to taste the stuff as he’s stirring.
He says no holes are needed in it for his small system, (I think he uses a Stainless Turkey fryer pot), the spoon should be about 16” long from tip to top of ‘spatula’ part, and about 3 1/2” wide.

My question is with hollowing out the center. How?

I don’t have any rounded chisels, so that’s out…. I’ve spent too much on tools lately to ask for more money.

I thought about using the router with a curved template and a core box bit…. is this feasible?

I also thought about getting my next door neighbor to hold the paddle over the table saw while the blade is spinning, but decided against that as my walls don’t have any finish on them and blood makes splotches. ;)

Another question I had was on construction, finish, and type of wood. Maple? Walnut? Black Cherry? Hickory? Pitch Pine? Balsa? Olive? mineral oil finish? no finish? solid? Laminated? Laminated side by side or one on top of the other?

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#1 posted 02-15-2013 01:36 AM

I wouldn’t view the tablesaw as a bad idea just raise the blades in small increments rather then the height you want from the start. Assuming it has a decent length handle you could get away with raising the blade a touch and lowering the. Spoon down using the handle for leverage. Just move partially around the table to get the pattern circular. As long as you have a decent grip the paddle won’t go flying and your hands are a couple feet away if it is a proper size.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#2 posted 02-15-2013 02:32 AM

I don’t have one of these but I want one.
If you have a 4.5” angle grinder already, you could add this to it for not much more and accomplish what you need. Hopefully he will share the brew with you. I would think no finish, you wouldn’t want to taint the process. Can brewers use wood, or only stainless utensils? Best of luck!

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#3 posted 02-15-2013 03:18 AM

Thanks Derosa and Randy_ATX. Randy, I’ve been wanting one of those also, but can’t buy anything right now….. the CFO would have my hide. I just found a great deal on a bunch of Oshlun saw blades and some carbide tipped bandsaw blades of unknown manufacturer…. I bought all he had. We will see about how well they work.

Historically brewers have used wood paddles and only in the more modern mid to late 20th century did they go to Stainless.
I doubt he will share any of his brew …. he’s about 1600 miles away and he couldn’t ship enough to keep the UPS guys happy.
Besides, I haven’t seen him in about 12 years. I picture him as a little hunch backed troll hiding under his bridge, with eyes as big as saucers, and a nose as long as a poker, stirring his pot of brew, preying on passersby, requiring them to solve a riddle or be eaten and their bones cast out into the cascade of water falling below.

(oops, sorry, I was starting to get into my grampa-bedtime story-telling mode).

No wonder the kids won’t let me babysit!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#4 posted 02-15-2013 03:59 AM

I would think birch, one end as a paddle & the other end with a small “tasting spoon”.

-- The pursuit of excellence is gratifying and healthy. The pursuit of perfection is frustrating, neurotic, and a terrible waste of time. Edwin Bliss

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#5 posted 02-15-2013 04:13 AM

Dallas – hilarious!

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#6 posted 02-15-2013 05:20 AM

I made a chili spoon (oar) from Bradford pear. But I would think Maple would be just as good or better. The end was made flat to use as a scraper. You could use a dremel rotary tool and carbide ball cutter

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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