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

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

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Pliny the Elder is truly an amazing beer with a cult like following. Our Pittsburg, CA warehouse is located close to the brewery and we can still only get this beer in limited quantities. However with this killer kit you can make your own Pliny and 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. This 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! In short, 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, 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 %8
Beer StyleIPA & Imperial IPA
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentHigh (7-9%)
BitternessVery High (71ibu+)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodAll Grain
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I've heard of Pliny, but never tried. Might as well make my own while quarantined!
Andrew W G on Apr 4, 2020
A favored ale.
David E on Mar 20, 2020
I've heard of Pliny, but never tried. Might as well make my own while quarantined!
Andrew W G on Apr 4, 2020
Love Pliny
scott a b on Apr 2, 2020
A favored ale.
David E on Mar 20, 2020
THOMAS J on Mar 19, 2020
good price
Tim H on Mar 19, 2020
Because we have to survive Covid19 somehow
Jonathan on Mar 18, 2020
The best IPA in my opinion
Sean B on Mar 18, 2020
Brewed this several times. I’m a Pliny fan!
Jeff M on Mar 10, 2020
Gift for a friend - talked big about Pliny the Younger so I figured he could make this to his style
Guy T on Feb 20, 2020
Bought before
James S on Feb 3, 2020
Because it’s the best beer out there
Leanna N on Jan 30, 2020
our favorite beer
Douglas Pyle on Jan 10, 2020
Brewed extract version twice before. Excellent results so now trying all-grain.
JAMES V. on Jan 9, 2020
It's delicious.
Matt R on Jan 8, 2020
brewed it before
Gerald F on Dec 30, 2019
top beer for 8 years!
Steve M on Dec 20, 2019
I've brewed this before and I really like it.
David A on Dec 13, 2019
I have brewed several times and this kit always produces very fine results.
David Petri on Dec 9, 2019
Heard it was great
Joe B on Dec 3, 2019
Outstanding IPA. Always a favorite.
Charles Mc D on Nov 21, 2019
Its Amazing
Eric S on Nov 21, 2019
This beer is my favorite
Armando S on Nov 13, 2019
This beer is fantastic
Mark P on Nov 1, 2019
Delicious every time
Julian Fountain on Oct 31, 2019
it good
dave m on Oct 23, 2019
Love this beer
Harry C on Oct 22, 2019
Mark L on Oct 14, 2019
This is the best kit I have ever brewed.
Theron Volkman on Oct 10, 2019
New trial
Christopher Bynum on Oct 7, 2019
I love pliny
Beau J R on Sep 7, 2019
Wanted to brew this again for awhile!
John P on Sep 7, 2019
Love this kit. Whole hops, process is complicated and fun, the results are amazing.
Jeff P on Aug 28, 2019
Pliny the Elder is a great beer.
Jacob V on Aug 28, 2019
Dennis R on Aug 28, 2019
because it tastes good
Sean T on Aug 28, 2019
its PLINY!
Rhett G on Jul 23, 2019
By far the best All-Grain Kit I have ever brewed. At this stage in my life, a day without this beer is a life akin without my favorite color.
derek f on Jul 10, 2019
A friend brought me some of the "real" stuff and I want to do a comparison.
Gary V on Jun 25, 2019
I love Pliny
Oliver C on Jun 23, 2019
derek f on Jun 20, 2019
Because we live outside their distribution area and love this beer
Michelle W on Jun 1, 2019
Love this kit
Richard 1. on May 20, 2019
supposed to be a great IPA.
joseph drescher on May 14, 2019
Patrick K on Apr 9, 2019
excellent beer and made it before!
MANUEL S on Mar 24, 2019
Suppose to be good beer
Jeff G on Mar 22, 2019
Best beer!
Annessa M on Mar 16, 2019
Comes out exactly like PTE in a side-by-side.
Murf on Mar 11, 2019
Have had want to do a comparison
william m on Mar 8, 2019
Love the original and I want to recreate it.
Kevin Johnson on Mar 1, 2019
Love Pliny
scott a b on Apr 2, 2020
THOMAS J on Mar 19, 2020
Is there an instruction sheet for the all grain kit? Mine shipped with none.
joseph drescher on May 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Joseph - We have emailed the instructions directly to your email
Are there all grain instructions?
TIMOTHY KIBE on Apr 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Timothy - We have emailed you a copy of the instructions.
So I got the all grain kit and received the extract instructions. Tank goodness I have done enough brews to know what to do but would it be possible to include the all grain instructions with the all grain kit? I am mashing at 152 (has to guess) so hope this is right. Already did the yeast starter and need to do this tonight, so I hope it turns out right.
Charles Carter on Feb 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Charles - Apologies for the inconvenience, I have brought this problem to the attention of my superiors. In the meantime the recipe sheet can be found at:
How many pounds of grain in this kit?
Matthew Ludman on Jun 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The kit uses 14 1/2 pounds of grain and one pound of corn sugar. There are also 14 oz. of hops in the recipe. I used the kit for the first few batches then started buying the ingredients locally. This is one of my favorite beers and I always keep it on hand. It tastes just like the original.
Alan Johnson
The recipe is not posted for some reason. I wanted to know if this kit uses Cascade hops?
Charles Carter on Feb 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Charles - Thank you for pointing that out, we will be sure to add the recipe onto the webpage. This website ( contains the recipe sheet. It's towards the middle of the page.
Can I get this in a 2.5 or 3 gal kit? If not, is it possible to get the recipe so I can build one on my own? I make mostly small batches because a 5 Gal batch lasts too long and I can try more variety with the smaller batches.
William J Leeper on Jan 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi William - Unfortunately we do not carry this kit as a 2.5 or 3 gal batch. Please email us at for the recipe. Brewtarget ( is a great tool for scaling batches up or down.
Does anyone have a target water profile that they used for the all grain kit?
Tim Bergstresser on Sep 25, 2019

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I have made Pliny several times.One of my favorite beers!
March 31, 2020
3 weeks ago
Incredible iipa that is very hoppy and worth the wit.
December 25, 2019
7 months ago
Tastes great. Packs a punch.
Great ingredients. Top quality hops. But... I always get extract instructions for my all grain kits. It’s not a huge deal I can figure it out.
December 15, 2019
4 months ago
Creamy head, Light golden color with a bitter bite!
Brewed two 5gal all grain kits in my medium BIAC brew system by BREWHA (which is AWESOME!). Using beersmith software the brew session went as planned. I dry hopped for 5 days. The beer is now about 4 weeks kegged and has cleared nicely. The head is very creamy. It is a bitter beer (which is what I prefer). The bitterness lingers some on the tong. It is worth brewing.
1.064 into fermenter. After fermentation 1.013.= 6.7%
Pliny the Elder
Pliny the Elder
November 26, 2019
Pliny the Elder
This AGK comes with a boat load of hops

Brewed this BIAB and WOW what a hop flavor

For sure a keeper
November 24, 2019
5 months ago
Great beer , the ingredients as to freshness are superb .
November 15, 2019
5 months ago
Favorite Kit
This is an excellent kit and is the favorite of my friends and family. I won second place with this kit at the county fair. I have always used the Safale 05 yeast with good results. I use two packets and have both rehydrated it and just sprinkled it on top of the wort. Works either way.
October 25, 2019
5 months ago
Awesome beer kit. Best one out there!
May 31, 2019
10 months ago
Good beer...special instructions on product page for whole leaf hops
Never had the original but this thing is bitter and piney. I like it some do not at all. Beersmith said 198 IBU. It's be nice if the instructions for the leaf hops where on the actual brew sheet. They are on the website so pay attention
May 24, 2019
11 months ago
Great kit
One of my favorite clone kits. A tasty beer even before dry hopping (icing on the cake).
March 24, 2019
1 year ago