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So, what happens to the by-products?

As a result of the four year plus process it takes to create our favorite beverage, Jack Daniel's produces or did produce the following by-products:

Like so many other U.S. companies, Jack Daniel's is extremely concerned about the environment.

As you will read, they seem to have covered all of the bases when it comes to managing the recycling of their by-products.

Spent Stillage (aka: slop)

Spent stillage is that part of the sour mash which remains after the distilling process.

During the early years of the distillery, the spent stillage was sold to local farmers.

The farmers in turn fed it to their cattle. These cattle were more than happy to have what Mr. Jack no longer needed!

Today, however, while some of the spent grain is sold to farmers, the vast majority of it is sold for human consumption. The grain is used in soups, seasoning, and fish coatings.

Finely Ground Sugar Maple Charcoal

The finely ground sugar maple charcoal is used to mellow Jack Daniel's. Jack Daniel's is dripped drop by drop through about 10 feet of the charcoal. This, by the way, is what makes Jack Daniel's a "Tennessee Whiskey".

After the finely ground sugar maple charcoal is used, it is sold to a company that converts it into charcoal briquettes. There, it is packaged and resold to the public.

50 Gallon Charred American White Oak Barrels

After Jack Daniel's is distilled, it is aged in charred American white oak barrels for approximately four years.

The barrels are manufactured by a cooperage in Kentucky.

The barrels are only used once by the distillery.

After the barrels have been used, one of two things can happen to them.

A small percentage of the barrels remain in Lynchburg and are sold in the local stores, including the Lynchburg Hardware & General Store.

However, the vast majority of the barrels are shipped, by boat, to Scotland. In Scotland, they are used by a number of Scotch Whiskey manufacturers.

Unlike Jack Daniel's, the Scotch Whiskey manufacturers use the barrels a number of times.

Barrel Chips

The final by-product is what Jack Daniel's calls "barrel chips".

These were, however, not pieces of barrels. These were actually leftover scraps of the sugar maple wood used to make the mellowing charcoal.

The chips were sold for use in barbecues as flavor and aroma enhancers.

The sale of the chips were discontinued in 1986.

So, now you know!

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