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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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Previous order - delicious
John C on Aug 10, 2018
Liked it last time!
Curtis B on Aug 8, 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!!!
Jerry Mansfield 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
great beer
edgar v on May 2, 2018
Looking for a heavy IPA
Eric S on May 2, 2018
Great Recipe!
Brad S on Apr 27, 2018
I like double IPAs and this looked good. So I thought I'd try it.
Michael G on Apr 24, 2018
I want to find out what the rage is all about
MATTHEW G K on Apr 20, 2018
Never tried it before . . .
Tim H on Apr 19, 2018
I've tried two other "pliney" clone kits that fell far below expectations. Need to get the real thing.
William H on Apr 17, 2018
Great kit. Turns out well. Excelent beer
Thomas S on Apr 6, 2018
everyones favorite!
Hank N on Apr 5, 2018
Wedding Beer
Glenn R on Apr 3, 2018
Great beer!
Jesse S on Mar 29, 2018
recommended by a friend
steven n on Mar 28, 2018
Because I've had the real stuff and want to see how it compares
Joshua G on Mar 26, 2018
sounded good
Kyle K on Mar 20, 2018
great reviews, looking for a great double IPA
Dave M on Mar 16, 2018
Friend mentioned the name. I was intrigued.
Valued C on Mar 8, 2018
Blake K on Feb 24, 2018
Lane P on Feb 17, 2018
I love IPAs
C L on Feb 17, 2018
Wanted a special ale for my son's birthday
Frank Z on Feb 9, 2018
Brewed it many times great Double IPA.
Jerry Mansfield on Feb 6, 2018
It’s delicious!
915 Bay Leaf D on Jan 30, 2018
Frank A on Aug 10, 2018
Most popular beer in my kegerator. Gotta keep it on tap!
George S on Aug 4, 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

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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
7 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
7 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
6 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
7 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
7 months ago
fabulous beer
this beer, along with Hopslam, is absolutely my favorite brew. family and friends agree. will continue to brew on a regular basis. best to wait 3-4 weeks if you bottle, even if carbonation complete at 2 weeks. flavor is just better later.
January 21, 2018
7 months ago
So far it is really good
Bought this kit about 2 weeks ago and it's sitting in the primary dry hopping right now. Once fermentation slowed, I sampled the beer (while taking a hydrometer reading) and the beer is coming along quite awesome. Lot's of great hopiness in the beer and good body. Mine is going to end up being around 10% abv though (OG of 1.085 and FG should make it to 1.010 or close to it). One thing I noticed about this kits hops that differentiate it from other clones is the addition of the Cascade hops during steeping (or mashing for the all grain version). None of the other clones have cascade in the hop bill. I contacted RR about this and they directed me to their website which lists the hops as: Amarillo, Simcoe, CTZ, Centennial, and Cascade. But in the email they list the hops as: Warrior, Amarillo, Simcoe, CTZ, Centennial, and Cascade. Warrior hops are not listed on the website but only in the email. I was curious why this kit doesn't contain the CTZ hops (Or the Warrior hops if that's in the brew as well). All in all a great kit. I wish I had a Pliny the Elder to compare with (I'm looking for one to trade now). Regardless of the hop selections, this is an awesome beer. Cheers!
August 18, 2017
Living in the midwest, I've never had a Pliny the Elder, so no clue how close it compares. I got this kit based on reputation and reviews here.
Some others have complained about not yielding enough wort when transferring. With this in mind, instead of my usual 6 gallons, I upped it to 6.5 gallons. Per recommendations, I added only the whole cascades hops without the malt- and added the malt closer to the 45 minute mark, instead of the full hour. Hit the original gravity dead on. I used white labs california yeast, with 1l starter. I think I should have either used a 2l starter, or maybe I didn't oxygenate it enough, either way, I had a stuck fermentation. I warmed up the fermenter, and agitated slightly for a day or 2 and it picked up some, but by end ABV ended up being a little short, about 7.3% instead of 8%. After 3 weeks, I kegged it anyway.

Still turned out great. Very nice double IPA. I'd put it as good or better than any other that I've had, commercial or home-brew. Will definitely make it again, but apply my learnings- a bigger yeast starter and more aeration early.
June 3, 2017