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

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 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
 

ABV %8
IBU200
SRM10
Beer StyleIPA & Imperial IPA
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentHigh (7-9%)
BitternessVery High (71ibu+)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodAll Grain
Pre-MilledY
Community Q&A

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Why did you choose this?
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heard about the beer. never had it.
Dock Y on Aug 18, 2018
ZYMURGY
Roberto L D on Jul 1, 2018
heard about the beer. never had it.
Dock Y on Aug 18, 2018
I went to the brewery and had the beer. I want the recipe to brew for myself anytime I want, instead of standing in line for 3 hours.
Einar M on Jul 10, 2018
ZYMURGY
Roberto L D on Jul 1, 2018
Looked interesting and like the Original beer it's a clone of.
Robert W on Jun 26, 2018
I've done many clones of this beer. Interested in Vinnie's original. A beer to be respected, particularly when it's time to stand up. ;)
Brian M on Jun 26, 2018
I made it before and it's delicious
ed m on Jun 26, 2018
Can't beat Pliny for a double IPA and this one is closest to the original.
Richard Beckley on Jun 6, 2018
I believe I'll brew 10 batches of these before I'll track down the real thing
Robert C on May 31, 2018
I can't buy Pliny where I live
Antonio M on May 30, 2018
Want to recreate one of the greats!
Jake A on May 10, 2018
To compare against the extract version
Iain B on May 10, 2018
i like ipa my first my yeld was off new equp
Richard 1. on May 7, 2018
second batch
Kevin La R on Apr 25, 2018
Brewed this before, was incredible!
Rodney W on Apr 19, 2018
Wanted to try this IPA
steve P on Apr 16, 2018
I was feeling lazy about building my own recipe, and have always been curious about this kit.
CHRIS L on Apr 5, 2018
I wanted to brew a clone of this beer
Henry F K on Mar 23, 2018
Wanted to try kit for first time.
Timothy D S on Mar 20, 2018
I've never tried the original. Wanted to brew a high-gravity IPA, saw this one and thought i should give it a try.
Bradley K on Mar 16, 2018
Because it is the best IPA out there. Hands down the best beer recipe one can buy!
Agustin R on Mar 8, 2018
I picked this because ive only heard about the legendary "Pliny the Elder"
Andermahr F on Mar 5, 2018
Did this one last year for the 500. Friends and Family loved it, so we are making it again!!
Barry T on Feb 20, 2018
I love this beer
Richard Mortimer on Jan 31, 2018
I’ve made it twice before and it’s alway really good!
Cory S on Jan 30, 2018
Delicious double IPA that is very smooth. Quite similar to the real thing.
Christian K on Jan 19, 2018
I have brewed this kit once already and really enjoyed it.
Julian Fountain on Jan 15, 2018
I went to the brewery and had the beer. I want the recipe to brew for myself anytime I want, instead of standing in line for 3 hours.
Einar M on Jul 10, 2018
Looked interesting and like the Original beer it's a clone of.
Robert W on Jun 26, 2018
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
Reviews

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Outstanding Kit!
I am a novice brewer, but have winemaking experience, so I understand process. My first 2 Pliny batches were malt extract. While a very respectable product, I felt it was a bit too malt forward for a DIPA. Third time was a charm - all grain! The steeping was straight forward and the wort smelled so much better than the malt extract kits! FAST, aggressive fermentation, dry hopping and racking complete and beer is currently in the keg and came in at 8.1% ABV. The result is truly OUTSTANDING! I will FOREVER be an all grain brewer! Thank you, MoreBeer!
July 17, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Response from MoreFlavor
Great to hear your results and progression!
July 31, 2018
Zach R Staff
It’s a great brew. I modify it, as I don’t find adding hops to the mash ton too helpful. At that temperature you are mostly only getting very volatile aroma oils out which get boiled off. I like to all the whole hops at flame out during my whirlpool for better aroma and flavor.
June 13, 2018
Purchased
8 months ago
Great kit
Loved this kit! Brewed 2 kits for 10 gallons. Used the white labs California ale yeast and it came out great. Kegged it 17 days after brewing it and it finished at 8.6% ABV. Will buy again for sure!
June 1, 2018
Love it
One of the best West Coast Double IPA kits you can buy!
April 17, 2018
Purchased
7 months ago
Great beer
in the spirit of Pliny and really good. I like throwing some carafa special into it and making a killer black ipa.
April 9, 2018
Purchased
4 months ago
Wow
What a great clone. This is an amazing beer that I will for sure buy and brew again. Lots of hops, smooth, and hot; simply great. Buy it.
All hail Pliny
All hail Pliny
April 3, 2018
Purchased
5 months ago
Hard to beat for the IPA lover!
What can I say? If you have tried and like Pliny The Elder, this is a spot on recipe. The only thing better is Pliny The Younger (IMHO) and that is not available that often.
March 1, 2018
Purchased
8 months ago
Decent brew, but definitely not Pliny
Brew day went well. Hit all my target numbers. The recipe though varied somewhat to quite a bit from other online sources for this beer. You don’t know what’s in the kit until you unbox it and look. Seems to me some hops were switched out for others. The yeast I got was dated November 2017, with an estimated viability of about 64%. I wasn’t too happy about that, but I was making a starter anyway. The flavor and aroma hops just seem to take a backseat, nothing jumping out of the glass and knocking your hair back. Overall it was a drinkable beer by all means, just wished I hadn’t told everybody it was supposed to be Pliny the Elder! That’s a tough glass to fill and I should’ve known better. I now know for next time........
February 27, 2018
Purchased
7 months ago
Tasty, smooth and aromatic
I have brewed this recipe twice now, both times it came out very good, very aromatic and smooth, people who tasted it couldn't believe it was a double IPA at 8.5% ABV where mine came in at most recently. I have never had the actual pliney but regardless if you like hoppy beers it's definitely worth Brewing. Cheers!
February 17, 2018
Purchased
7 months ago
Great kit. I've pieced together a kit before and this makes it way easier to get started instructions are clear and easy to follow. Tastes great as well
February 2, 2018
Purchased
7 months ago