I wanted to make a premium silver rum for those friends that don't care for the heavy full bodied rums. I have tripple distilled rum before and then just aged in glass. But we all know that glass ageing does very little compared to ageing on oak. I am looking for the smoothness of barrel ageing without the color and heavy flavor.
I took a barrel of 1 year old rum and ran it through a carbon filter that I cobbled up from 2" sanitary pipe (although it nearly broke my heart
)My barrels of rum, one of which is to be sacrificed! It was transfered into a glass carboy.
I used copper tubing to siphon because the process takes several hours and did not want long exposure to plastic tubing.
The filter is fed from the bottom which reduces the the chance of channeling through the carbon.
I used a controllable spigot to regulate the flow.
I put a wad of copper mesh to keep the the carbon out of the spigot although it is so fine that it was able to pass the copper but did not cause a problem.The rum pre-filtering...The rum after filtering...
The process took 8 hours to run 5 gallons through the filter.
The result is a ultra smooth white rum. Very very mild in flavor. There is a sweetness that comes through that reminds you that it is still a rum.