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Russian Rivers Blind Pig® IPA - All Grain Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)

Russian Rivers Blind Pig® IPA - All Grain Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)

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The original Double IPA! Vinnie Cilurzo began homebrewing in 1989 while in college. In 1994 Vinnie started the Blind Pig Brewing Company in Temecula, CA, a small, low-budget mico-brewery known for their extremely hoppy IPA - an IPA which won silver medals at both the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. Vinnie sold his share in Blind Pig and was hired to manage and brew at the Russian River Brewing Company, a start-up brewery by Korbel Champagne in Guerneville, CA. In late 2002 Korbel decided to get out of the beer business and sold the Russian River name and brand to Vinnie who is moving the brewery to Santa Rosa, CA, 90 miles North of San Francisco, where he and his wife Natalie are opening a brew-pub which will serve homemade pizza and, of course, all of the Russian River Ales. Vinnie has won 10 awards at the Great American Beer Festival in the past six years and was named Small Brewing Company Brewmaster of the Year in 1999. Almost every beer that Vinnie makes commercially started out as a homebrew recipe at one point or another. Even as a professional brewer, Vinnie still homebrews at least 5 or 6 times a year.

This is the original homebrew recipe that was the basis for Blind Pig IPA which won Silver Medals at the World Cup of Beer and the Great American Beer Festival in 1996, the last year Vinnie brewed it. Two 'dry hop' additions along with 1 oz of American Oak are added directly to the fermenter after the first week of fermentation. To say it is a very unique, extremely flavorful IPA is an understatement. Vinnie recommends using White Labs California yeast, WLP001.

  • Makes 5 Gallons
  • Estimated Original Gravity:1.065-69
  • SRM (Color Range): 7
  • IBU's: 60
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 6.5%

Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags, yeast or priming sugar. The recommended yeast(s) can be found below. All grains will come milled, unless you select unmilled base malts.

WLP001 - White Labs California Ale
WY1056 - Wyeast American Ale
GY001 - GigaYeast NorCal Ale #1
IYA07 - Imperial Flagship

ABV %6.5
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentMedium (5-7%)
BitternessVery High (71ibu+)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodAll Grain
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My all time favorite beer from Russian River and I’m giving this clone a try.
Peter b on Mar 25, 2020
Just tried this the original on tap, outstanding; time to brew .
Troy N on Jan 22, 2020
My all time favorite beer from Russian River and I’m giving this clone a try.
Peter b on Mar 25, 2020
Can't get the real beer here.
Walter on Jan 22, 2020
Just tried this the original on tap, outstanding; time to brew .
Troy N on Jan 22, 2020
Love the Pliney Kit and figured this has to be good too
derek f on Jan 17, 2020
Dave F on Jan 15, 2020
We have brewed it several times in the past!
Kent F on Jan 11, 2020
Kenneth A M on Dec 18, 2019
Husband likes UP As.
Lacie L on Dec 2, 2019
Like the beer
Dwayne K on Dec 1, 2019
Like the beer. I want to see if I can make it.
Brian B on Nov 4, 2019
Russian River
Jerry M on Oct 14, 2019
Gilberto Narez on Oct 12, 2019
It was on sell. And why not try a new BEER.
robert j on Oct 9, 2019
I picked this because I have made it before. I have tweaked some of the ingredients to make it better or just as good.
Valued C on Oct 4, 2019
Great service and easy website - Thank you.
Schy G on Aug 28, 2019
Made the Black Butte Porter, need something hoppy! Also, just moved to Oakland from PA, not familiar with LHBS so kits are a helpful way to keep brewing by getting everything together at once.
Tim D on Apr 15, 2019
Sounds tasty
Dave St. A on Mar 28, 2019
Always great taste
Hector Adame on Mar 7, 2019
I like IPA and this is a kit from a great Brewery
Ernst V on Aug 29, 2018
Neighbor likes IPA's
Mark D on Mar 20, 2018
also love ipa's !
kevin copeland on Mar 9, 2018
Solid IPA clone
Brian S on Feb 20, 2018
Russian River is legendary
Shaun A on Feb 15, 2018
Picked this as it looked to be a nice hoppy project that will be ready before spring.
Jacob W on Feb 12, 2018
I liked Pliny.
Toby C on Feb 9, 2018
Can't get the real beer here.
Walter on Jan 22, 2020
Love the Pliney Kit and figured this has to be good too
derek f on Jan 17, 2020

4.0 / 5.0
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Great, easy drinking IPA
Tastes great and has a nice finish. Not overly hoppy but has enough of a hop punch to fully enjoy this one. Definitely would order this one again.
March 7, 2020
2 months ago
A 6 pack is $40ish, this is cheaper! LOL
Discover the origins of one of the best "west coast IPA's", I leave out the oak chips just for my personal preference. Simple recipe, easy to brew, best recommendation is to make sure you have some ability to do temp control, try not to ferment too warm.
December 11, 2019
5 months ago
Not as hoppy as i expected it to be. Good taste but I had better IPAs from MoreBeer.
April 9, 2018
over 2 years ago
I would not brew this again, just my opinion.
It's a good IPA, not great, I've had much better IPA's from Morebeer.
February 22, 2018
over 2 years ago
Like it more than Pliny
February 6, 2018
over 2 years ago
Bitter, bitter, bitter
If you like Bitter, this is the beer for you.
Way over the top bitter for me.
February 3, 2018
over 2 years ago
Good Kit, Repeat order
Tried this 5 gallon AG kit a little while back, came out great using the recommended WLP001 yeast. Had to order 2 more kits as the 5 gallon batch I kegged didn't last very long.
May 23, 2016
oaky ipa flavor
Brewed this in March 2015 and tasted it after 1 week and then again after 2 weeks from bottling. I did the all grain version. Used a glass 5 gallon carboy for 2 weeks for secondary and also dry hop. One this that was different about this kit was the oak chips. You can really taste the oak chips in this IPA. It tastes very balanced and different from other IPAs. Slwoly the oak flavor started to go away after about 3 weeks. Doesn't taste like the Bling Pig IPA from Russian River but it is a good IPA for more experienced drinkers. I've had mixed reviews with friends and families about this home brew..
May 11, 2015
Couldn't get it right
I recently upgraded my rig to a 20 gallon direct fire recirculating mash tun on a single-tier, HEPA filter aeration, fermentation temperature control, and CO2-flushed filtering. As a result, I decided to use this kit to "grind" until I got the hang of the new setup. I brewed it five times altogether.

The first couple of batches were a great learning experience; I got good at holding my mash temperature and improved my yeast handling a little. After that the next three batches were consistent, but never had the flavor I was looking for. It wasn't unclean, but it did feel muddledwhich is the opposite of what I like about the commercial version of Blind Pig. I'm moving on to the Citra IPA kit and the recipes I've put together myself in the past, and won't come back to this kit.
May 25, 2014
Solid American IPA
Brewed this using the BIAB technique, I crushed my own grain (very fine) and ended up with an OG of 1.080 - fermented a month and yielded a FG 1.016, stronger than average beer. I oaked and dry hopped about 8 days. Nice creamy white head and orang color, great floral bouquet, on the bad side two 20 oz beers knock me out.

I had a mishap with the oak, heated in the micro and cracked the container while cooling it to handel - this resulted in my using about 1/2 the oak. As a result the oak is not very pronounce, but once you make it through the hops there is a layer of complexity...

Will brew again, but will aim for a 6% -ish beer, not my current 8%+ bruiser.
May 11, 2014