Cheap Mash Paddle?

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    Come on Krimbos, if your making a keggle, you gotta make your own paddle! haha
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    I would be very surprised if it didn't have some sort of varnish finish on it and I'm sure I don't want that in my mash.
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    Most varnishes are food safe. If the paddle is sold commercially and is finished, it likely won't affect your beer. We ad a discussion in the forums a while back about a measuring stick I was making. The polyurethane I used on it has been completely neutral in my beer. That said, if you're uncomfortable with finishes on the wood in your mash (I use a stainless steel spoon), keep it unfinished. Either way works.
     
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    The food safe quality of the finish is not the point. The finish will be coming off, and it will be in the beer. If this is the taste that you want, then right on.

    Best option is to make your own. Just take a plank and remove all the wood that don't look like a mash paddle.

    leave it bare, and wash it off as soon as you are finished with it and hang it up in a clean place. It will dry out, and be ready to use the next time after a quick rinse.

    Mine, displayed by my assistant brewer:
     

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