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Russian Rivers Blind Pig IPA - Extract Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)
KIT770
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Description

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:1.066-70
  • SRM (Color Range): 11
  • IBU's: 100-104
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 6.5%

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

Item # KIT770
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 11LBS
ABV %6.5
IBU102
SRM11
Beer StyleIPA & Imperial IPA
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentMedium (5-7%)
BitternessVery High (71ibu+)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodExtract
Pre-MilledY
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Why did you choose this?
MoreFlavor Store
looked interesting
Wes B on May 17, 2018
It's really good. Brewed before.
Eric C on Apr 6, 2018
looked interesting
Wes B on May 17, 2018
Like the beer
Mark K on May 11, 2018
It's really good. Brewed before.
Eric C on Apr 6, 2018
I've had this beer before and enjoyed it's flavor, so figured why not try and make it
Adam J. N on Mar 23, 2018
Sounded like a great beer kit!
Dave M on Mar 21, 2018
Better than Pliny. Underrated brew.
Richard H on Feb 3, 2018
Reputation of beer and high score review
Thomas White on Jan 15, 2018
Like the beer
Mark K on May 11, 2018
I've had this beer before and enjoyed it's flavor, so figured why not try and make it
Adam J. N on Mar 23, 2018
Reviews

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Good tasting beer.
Did it taste like Blink Pig? Not really. But it made for a really good IPA.
April 4, 2018
Purchased
4 months ago
Great recipe and beer
Just the correct amount of oak for a smooth hoppy beer. Have brewed this many times and will continue to brew it. Wish the LME was in 'milk jugs' versus the ziplock bag style containers. Would be easier to handle and pour.
February 5, 2018
Purchased
4 months ago
Great mix of flavor
We made this recipe because we are trying different flavors in our secondary. After two weeks in the bottle though the oak was strong and up front, after another week it really mellowed to a good drinkable taste. Have only been kegging a few months and have found that the keg flavor is more defined, can taste the different grain and hops more than in the bottle. The color of this beer is really different too, it's about the color of the malt extract, deep golden syrup brown. All in all, a pretty good, drinkable beer.
June 1, 2016
Best Clone I have ever made and will brew this at least once a month in 2x, 3x batches! It is amazing!
So I am sorta new to homebrewing. I have recently ventured into all grain and fermentation temp control. When I brewed this, I wasn't even that far. I have never had a 5 gallon batch vanish in one night before I brewed this!

I followed everything but my numbers were still high OG with an extract full boil. No biggie in my book. I dry hopped for 8 days and added the oak chips for 4.5 days. First time dry hoping, using oak chips, and my first IPA btw. I live in Temecula so I thought this would be a great homage to Vinnie and local gastropubs always seem to have RR on tap. Good comparison for when I finished.

I waited a week after bottling and I loved it. Two weeks and I wanted to marry it. 3 weeks I shared it with some friends and had to smack their hands so they would drink the beer they brought. That isn't normally like me! I felt such pride in this homrebrew clone that I was left with only 6 bottles. I found a place that had the real Blind Pig on tap and didn't charge me a corkage fee for bringing mine in to taste test because they wanted to compare too.

Both were great beers but the real Blind big was more dry and bitter. Mine was more malty and oakey. It was a toss up and I lost to the loyal fans who flock to this brewery but I personally like mine better. It was very well rounded, had a nice oakness to it which was seriously so good, and more malty goodness than dry bitter hops. To each their own but you have to try brewing this! So good!! I want to do a double or triple batch for the holidays. Never has anyone responded so well to my homebrews as they have to this one.
May 5, 2016
waaaay tooo much oak
Hoping it will fall off in a week or 2, but the kit includes way too much oak for this recipe. I would cut it down to a quarter of what the instructions say and cut the time back as well. Completely overpowers any other flavor. Underneath the oak I can almost smell what this beer should taste like, so possibly I would make this again but skip the oak. It also needs a bit more in the dry hop department. Nose it lacking. This is more an ode to blind pig than a clone. I have had the real thing and this ain't it.
February 9, 2016
Response from MoreFlavor
A month later, do you still think the oak needs to be cut down or did it just need some extra time to sit? How long did it take to taste good after brew day?
December 14, 2017
Brandon R
Response from MoreFlavor
A month later, do you still think the oak needs to be cut down or did it just need some extra time to sit? How long did it take to taste good after brew day?
December 22, 2017
Brandon R
Good but needs a little time.
I brewed this on 11/8/15. I am now drinking this on 12/19. It really took this long for the flavors to come together. As others have said the oak was overpowering at 3 weeks old. now at 6 weeks it has a great aroma and taste. I am dry hopping a few ounces of whole cone cascade in the keg which helps from losing that hoppy beginning. A solid $40 beer kit.
December 19, 2015
Great brew
After reading other reviews I decided to only used 1oz of Oak Chips for 4 days after 10 days in the primary. It came out with a medium flavor from the chips that wasn't bad at all but after bottle conditioning for a week in the cupboard then another few in the beer fridge the flavor was really mild and you could taste the hops just as much as the oak chips. All in all I would say it is a really good brew that is nice for a quiet late night.
July 22, 2015
wonderful stuff
easy to brew also without having to use actual grain.
May 27, 2015
Great recipe!
As with other Russian River kits I was very impressed with this recipe. Turned out great.
May 27, 2015
Best ever!
I love this beer. My friends love this beer. I brew it and it literally disappears seemingly overnight. I don't even advertise when I brew it to keep it around longer, but I think they can smell and/or sense it.

I have brewed both with oak and without oak and can say that both are delicious! I wasn't sure about the oak when I first brewed this recipe, but I can say that it changed my mind about adding oak to beer from hesitant to OH YES! I still brew with and without out depending on my mood.

Brew it and I guarantee that a friend or family member you haven't seen in forever will show up on your doorstep to help you drink it! Like Magic!
May 27, 2015