If you’re having problems stirring your mash, this Stainless Steel Mash Paddle with Holes (36”) may be the solution to your issues.
The burly mash paddle is made to last from 100% stainless steel. Conveniently pre-drilled with ten 1/2” holes to allow your mash to pass through the paddle, making it easier to fully mix the mash and eliminate dough balls. At 36 inches long it can accommodate practically any home brewing system.
You want a paddle that is gonna make you feel like a brewer??
This is the kind of tool that makes Tim The Tool Man go "argh argh argh"! I, like other reviewers, thought that I was getting something small and simple....nope! This beast makes you want to carry it around town at night so people know that you are serious about beer! Does the job quickly and smoothly.
A little tip, if you dont have volume ticks in your kettle, use the handle of this paddle to measure out 5G, 5 1/2G, 6G......then when you are brewing you can have a great guesstimate to what your volume is in your kettle.
Love the size and ability to move mash around effortlessly. The only thing I didn't think of when I bought it was that being metal it would scratch up the inside of my stainless mashtun. But nothing too unsightly...
We were using a few other paddles and they just weren't strong enough to really stir the mash well, which lead to efficiency problems. Once we got this bad boy those problems went away. Great paddle, easy to clean, highly recommend!
Just chiming in to agree with other reviews - best stainless mash paddle. I've read wooden paddles are preferred by some users due to the reduced likelihood of scratching/dinging the kettles - but I haven't had this problem in the two years I've been using it. Maybe other people are a lot more violent with their stirring than I am. HIGHLY recommended.
Works great but really when people see my set up this gets all the attention. For some reason people love it. I have even had people pose with it for pictures... regardless it does what it needs to do and is really easy to clean.
Buy this, use it because it's awesome, and then hang it somewhere everyone can see it. You can tell a true brewer by his mash paddle, and you need to have a serious one. I recommend a metal mash paddle like this one, and then have a wood one for the classier brew sessions.
You can also sanitize this paddle and use it to whirlpool a big boil.
This thing is awesome in every sense of the word. I bought it, thinking it would be a simple little paddle like the plastic one that came with my original brewing kit. I couldn't have been more wrong. Doing 10-20 gallon batches? Doing an insanely high gravity beer? No problem with this thing. For 5 gallon regular batches you won't have to put any effort in, just a couple flicks of the wrist.
This paddle moves through the mash easily and mixes grains very well! Much better than a spoon or small mash paddle. I highly recommend this paddle with it's effectiveness and easy of use, especially when mixing grain with water in the mash tun.
This thing is a beast!! I mean that in a good way.
I doughed in with nearly 30# of grain recently. I'm an "add grain to water" guy as I heat my strike water directly in my mash tun. I used the tun and the paddle for the first time, both on the same day.
I dumped about 1/3 of the grain in and immediately got softball sized dough balls. I was a little concerned until I went to work with the paddle. This thing broke up the balls and gave me a uniformly wet mash quickly. I doughed in with all 30# and was clump free in exactly 6 minutes (I timed it because I was worried it would affect my mash time).
Pros - too many to mention. If you're an AG brewer, buy this.
Cons - It would be nice to have an option to add a hole on the end of the handle. I want to hang this on the garage wall next to my brew sculpture when I am not brewing. I may look into drilling a hole myself. But as bad as I am with power tools, I would have paid a few extra $ to have this come with a pre-drilled hole so that I could run a chain through it.
Don't know why I waited so long to purchase this paddle
I was reluctant to purchase this paddle given that I was using a large SS spoon. I purchased one during a More Beer sale. What a difference in mashing, easy to stir and when using a RIMS, it works like a mash rake. Furthermore, it helps tremendously when cleaning out the mash tun.
I used the version with the holes as I feel this is necessary to reduce the friction and easier on the grain.
I started with the plastic kettle spoon and upgraded to a stainless spoon while doing 5 gallons batches. The spoon worked fine with these volume mashes. After moving to a larger system doing 10-20 gallon batches, the spoon just didn't cut it, literally. This mash paddle is well made, it feels solid, and the length makes for depth and maneuverability in big mashes. The spoon took its toll on hands when working with large mashes but this mash paddle does the same job with minimal effort. Simply the right tool when working with larger mashes.