Again a bit of a newbie question. I have been fighting stirring my
must in my 5 gal primary with a plastic spoon that is too short. I
can't get a grip on it to stir right and I use the plastic because it
is easy to clean and sanitize.
Has anyone used a large wooden spoon for this task, and if not, why.
If so, how do yo clean it to prevent molds/flavors from affecting the
Thanks again in advance,
Greg, erie, PA
I found a book a number of years back on woodworking for winemakers..
Everything from sparging bag press... apple press designs to a
plonker.. The plonker I use all the time in my masher.. simply a
piece of good grade 1/2 in plywood cut in a circle slightly smaller in
dia than the bottom of the masher pail. random 1 inch holes drilled
in it. attached to an old broom handle.. Use it like a toilet
plunger.. sure pulps the fruit as well as giving it a really good
I'm sure you could use a long wooden spoon, if you have one. If
you rinse it after each use, I wouldn't think you'd have any special
problems with mold, etc. I use a long plastic spoon - you should be
able to find one at any wine or beer-making supply place. I buy my
stuff from Midwest Supplies (they're close to where I live) and they
carry sizes up to 28" for less than $5. I'm sure you can find
something similar in PA.
I use a long handled wooden spoon for years (for wine, mead and beer),
and I have never had a spoiled batch. I don't even sanitize it. I
just wash it off with soapy hot water, and it gets a nice contact with
Of course, it is just a matter of time until I do have a batch go bad.
Really you should just get a long handled plastic spoon. If you
can't find one locally, order one online from any number of places.