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Russian Rivers Pliny the Elder® - Extract Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)

Russian Rivers Pliny the Elder® - Extract Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)

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Pliny the Elder is truly an amazing beer with a cult like following and very limited quantities. However with this killer kit you can make your own Pliny and perhaps you will develop your own cult following where you are worshiped by your beer loving friends.

Light malt color, huge hops, and a dry finish. Be prepared for an outrageous amount of flavor.

This is THE original Pliny recipe, given to us directly by Vinnie at the Russian River Brewing Company. This beer is an intense double IPA: High bitterness with a dry malt finish, 8% alcohol, 6 separate hop brew additions, 3 separate dry hop additions, and intense hop flavor and aroma! Pliny sets the standard for Double IPA's!

Who is Pliny The Elder
This beer is named after Gainus Plinius Secondus, or Pliny The Elder, a Roman author, lawyer, naval man and naturalist who first mentions the botanical name for hops in his writings - lupus salictarius, which translated from latin means Wolf Among Willows. Sadly, Pliny died while helping people escape the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in August, 79 AD. Pliny the Younger was the nephew of Pliny the Elder and is the name of another outrageous and highly sought after beer from Russian River.

Russian River Brewing
If you have not tasted beers from Russian River Brewing Company, you should. This is a brewery with huge demand that keeps quality as a first priority. Owner Vinnie Cilurzo is also unique in that he still actively brews and tests recipes and ingredients (on a MoreBeer! Brewsculpture by the way) on a constant basis. Amazing.

  • Makes 5 gallons
  • Estimated Original Gravity:1.070-74
  • SRM (Color Range): 10
  • IBU's: 198-202 (this is a theoretical number, you will actually get around 100 IBU)
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 8%

Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags or yeast. The recommended yeast(s) can be found below. All grains will come milled.

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

Item # KIT774
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Availability California - In Stock
Pennsylvania - In Stock
Weight 12LBS
ABV %8
Beer StyleIPA & Imperial IPA
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentHigh (7-9%)
BitternessVery High (71ibu+)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodExtract
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Friend recommendation
Pheng T on Dec 7, 2018
brewed before.
Smith H on Dec 1, 2018
Friend recommendation
Pheng T on Dec 7, 2018
Brewed it for the first time it was great need more!!!!
Tony B on Dec 6, 2018
brewed before.
Smith H on Dec 1, 2018
Recommended by my brewing friend.
Steve Y on Nov 24, 2018
Lynn M on Nov 19, 2018
Friends favorite beer
Gary Z on Nov 17, 2018
Tried before; Remembering a deceased friend who loved it.
Daniel M on Nov 17, 2018
It's a good beer and I've made it over 5 times in 6 years.
Alex P on Oct 30, 2018
Great Price for An Amazing beer
Jason M on Oct 18, 2018
My husband wanted this for his bday
Usha D on Oct 15, 2018
I've made it before
Joseph T on Oct 7, 2018
its better than the original
terry l on Sep 26, 2018
brewed it before, consistently GREAT
Raymond M on Sep 18, 2018
Made it several times before- turns out great
Charles B on Aug 31, 2018
worth a try with the KOTW deal!
Christian Sale on Aug 30, 2018
Best double ipa
Dennis W on Aug 30, 2018
High A.B.V. Great deal !
Robert T on Aug 29, 2018
A favorite double IPA.
Big J on Aug 29, 2018
I wanted to take advantage of the Kit of the Week promo
Marty K on Aug 29, 2018
Made it before and it was great
Robert B on Aug 29, 2018
Kit of the Week + its awesome beer!!
James A on Aug 28, 2018
like the taste
mylo s on Aug 28, 2018
Previous order - delicious
John C on Aug 10, 2018
Frank A on Aug 10, 2018
Liked it last time!
Curtis B on Aug 8, 2018
Most popular beer in my kegerator. Gotta keep it on tap!
George S on Aug 4, 2018
Regular rotation
Pete P on Aug 4, 2018
I brew all grain turn out very good summer time need Q one
Richard 1. on Aug 4, 2018
Pliny fam
Matt O on Jul 31, 2018
Reputation for being an excellent beer
Harlan C on Jul 18, 2018
Very Close to the original
Jeffery S. R on Jul 17, 2018
brewing to compare with a friend
Daniel K on Jul 12, 2018
David I on Jul 12, 2018
My go to IPA.
Thomas W on Jul 6, 2018
Wanted to clone the original.
Alex Perkins on Jun 26, 2018
Very good beer
Lisa Vande R on Jun 26, 2018
the best
bryan k. h on Jun 26, 2018
Like the beer
Matthew M on Jun 9, 2018
Made it before, excellent beer!
Greg S on Jun 6, 2018
My favorite Double IPA bar none. I have brewed this over 10 times. This recipe is the correct one!!!
Big J on Jun 6, 2018
Deal of the day! Best recipe I've ever brewed!
Larry D on Jun 2, 2018
Great taste if you allow it to mature!
Robert E on May 28, 2018
Love the beer
Jesse S on May 24, 2018
Such great beer
Jeff L on May 22, 2018
Pliny the Elder isn't available in the MW (if it is I've yet to find any). Had Zombie Dust many times and need to try Pliny to compare.
Rick W on May 16, 2018
Hard to get where I am
Nicholas J K on May 12, 2018
I like it!
Raymond J M on May 10, 2018
One of the best imperial IPA's I have yet tasted
Iain B on May 9, 2018
I love the original, but can't get it where I live. Luckily I'm a homebrewer and can correct this travesty.
Scott N on May 5, 2018
Amazing beer. Let's see if it stands up
Rich O on May 5, 2018
Brewed it for the first time it was great need more!!!!
Tony B on Dec 6, 2018
Recommended by my brewing friend.
Steve Y on Nov 24, 2018
What kind of hops come with this kit?
Jeremy Blundo on May 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Enter an answer to this question.according to the website it has columbus hops, simcoe hops, centennial hops and amarillo hops

4.9 / 5.0
114 Reviews
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We Made a Great Beer
The consensus is that although we didn't make Pliny the Elder exactly, we made a great beer. Amber, rich in flavor from the all the hops, and everyone enjoyed it, both from the bottle and from the keg. It came out much darker than the original, with the hop aroma similar similar to the original. Will brew this again.
September 19, 2018
4 months ago
Very good 5 stars but not the best I've brewed but definitely up there
September 14, 2018
3 months ago
A favorite Double IPA of mine.
I have brewed this many times and it is always wonderful. Some friends and I tried this side by side with the origninal Pliny and most preferred this one. US-05 yeast. This is the authentic recipe with the correct hops.
September 7, 2018
10 months ago
A friend of mine took a tour at Russian River Brewery brought me back a bottle of which I thoroughly enjoyed!
I bought this kit from more flavor, the directions in the beginning seemed a little odd, but I decided to follow them to the T, as a result this beer tastes identical or even better then the one I had gotten in a bottle from Russian River. very happy with the way this beer turned out.
I would make it again.
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April 25, 2018
11 months ago
Pliny extract kit
Was very impressed with this kit. My friend a I did a side by side blind taste test with the real Pliny. Both of us prefered the stronger flavor of the extract kit. I had read many posts about the color being too dark or more of a copper color with the kit. To counter this I took some advise from a few forums to add the majority of the extract at the end of the boil. Still came out darker but definitely not a copper color. I will be making this year round.
March 28, 2018
Spot On
I picked up this kit for a quick "stock the larder" between all grain batches. Smooth process and excellent results. Put it on draft 1 week ago and quite sure it won't last long in the kegerator.
February 25, 2018
11 months ago
Delivers the goods
Makes a really, really good beer. I'm still waiting to compare to the legendary original.
February 6, 2018
Great tasting recipe
complete and as advertised
February 6, 2018
10 months ago
Good kit
I have made this twice now and compared both batches to the real thing. Both batches came out a little on the malty but with that strong piny hops taste. I personaly along with most of my friends preferred the kit version over Russian Rivers bottled version.
January 30, 2018
11 months ago
Brewed today - 1/26/18
Brewing was a little different than the previous kits I have done. More as this progresses through it’s paces ang gets bottled.
January 26, 2018
11 months ago