Review: Bayou 42″ Paddle
Firstly I have to point out the fact the Bayou paddle is called a paddle for a reason. It’s a monster that could easily double for rowing a boat. The size can be awkward to store but you will be able to stir almost any size batch. The paddle appears to be hollow so weight wise it’s quite light. It is very sturdy and should hold up for quite a while.
The paddle’s construction consists of a hollow handle with a solid paddle end. It is made of a nice quality stainless steel. Some reviews complained about poor welds and water intrusion into the handle but they’ve seemed to correct that issue. I haven’t had any rusting or dings from the awkward washing time. The paddle end is really smooth and shouldn’t tear any bags you are using. The end has a steel hanging loop to conveniently hang it on a hook or in my case the ugly wire shelving from my closet.
The paddle can truly handle any size homebrew batch you throw at it. It measures 42 inches from end to end. It works out well for my 16 gallon Bayou pot as it doesn’t heat up if I leave it in the pot for too long and easily gets the wort swirling. The handle is also thin enough so that I can leave my lid on cockeyed with the paddle still in the pot. During a brew, I store it in an empty clean 5 gallon bucket when I take it out of the pot without any gravity problems.
I would definitely buy this again as it has treated me well. Again be warned of the size as you really need somewhere to store it!
- Nice quality stainless
- Can handle large batches
- Ring present for easy storage on a hook
- Not usable on stove batches or smaller pots
- Hard to clean from the size