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  1. #1
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    Feb 2007

    Jim Beam

    I can't seem to find out if Jim Beam uses any kind of charcoal filtering in their bourbon process. I know they char the barrels before aging but do they ever pass through a charcoal filtration process. I have seen in some sites that Jim Beam Black goes through a charcoal filter after aging before bottling, is this true and does Beam White have this too?

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    Sep 1999

    Re: Jim Beam

    No bourbon goes through a process like Jack Daniel's does, where the whiskey passes through about 10 feet of charcoal. However, most bourbons are chill-filtered before bottling. This is to eliminate something called "chill haze" which can make the whiskey appear cloudy if the bottle gets cold. So it's mostly an appearance thing. To chill-filter, they chill the whiskey to about 32 degrees and pass it through some kind of filtration material and, in many cases, that filtration material includes a little bit of activated charcoal. So, yes, most bourbon, including Jim Beam, goes through a little bit of charcoal before bottling.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Northwest of Peoria

    Re: Jim Beam

    This thread http://www.straightbourbon.com/forum...county+process provides a good explanation of the "Lincoln County Process" used by Jack Daniel's and how it differs from chill filtration.



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