Russian River Brewing Company Blind Pig® IPA | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | Extract

Russian River Brewing Company Blind Pig® IPA | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | Extract

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  • This BrewMaster Series kit was scaled down to a homebrew batch size in collaboration with the brewmasters at Russian River Brewing Company
  • This is the original homebrew recipe that was the basis for Russian River Brewing Company's famous Blind Pig IPA
  • Won Silver Medals at the World Cup of Beer and the Great American Beer Festival in 1996
  • Includes Magnum, Cascade, and Willamette hops
  • Estimated ABV: 6.5%
  • Estimated IBUs: 60
  • Makes 5 gallons of finished beer

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 micro-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 moved the brewery to Santa Rosa, CA, 90 miles North of San Francisco, where he and his wife Natalie opened a brew-pub which serves delicious bites and, of course, all of the Russian River Ales. Vinnie has won 10 awards at the Great American Beer Festival in just six years and was named Small Brewing Company Brewmaster of the Year in 1999. Russian River's smashing success continues to this day, expanding and opening a second brewery in Windsor, CA. 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: 1.065-70
  • SRM (Color Range): 7
  • IBUs: 60
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 6.5%

Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags, yeast or priming sugar. To find our yeast recommendations, choose your preferred kit option above and then select the drop-down menu under “Yeast Options”.  For more info, click on the recommended yeast(s) below in the “You Might Also Need” section below. All included steeping grains will come milled.

Liquid Malt Extract (LME) vs. Dried Malt Extract (DME)
MoreBeer! recipe kits are offered in both Liquid Malt Extract and Dry Malt Extract so that our customers can choose the format that best suits their needs and brewing style. LME is a viscous liquid, similar in consistency to maple syrup. In addition to being the more affordable option, many brewers find LME easier to handle than dry extract. DME is more condensed and comes in a powder format that is similar to baking flour. Although it’s a little more costly, DME is naturally lighter in color and stays fresher for longer. We highly recommend DME when brewing light colored beers.


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MoreFlavor Store
looks great
Richard M on Mar 4, 2023
You need ask?
chris p on Nov 10, 2022
looks great
Richard M on Mar 4, 2023
good beer
Michael B on Jan 5, 2023
You need ask?
chris p on Nov 10, 2022
I’ve had this on tap a few times and it’s tasty!!
JIM P on Aug 18, 2022
william l on Aug 8, 2022
Enjoy this beer from the store wanted to make it myself.
Joseph Eugene R on May 24, 2022
one of my favorite beers. MoreBeer kits are convenient.
Thomas G on May 3, 2022
I like the Russian River one
Randy C on Feb 18, 2022
Like IPA's
paul h on Jan 27, 2022
Just starting up and I used to drink this.
Jolliffe, E on Apr 10, 2021
One of my favorite IPAs
KEN T on Feb 17, 2021
Love it! Used before...
Kathryn B on Dec 15, 2020
Trying something new
Anthony and Lorna H on Oct 5, 2020
great stuff - used before
John T on Sep 11, 2020
Never tried this. I like Pliny a lot.
Joel P on Jul 22, 2020
Love this beer. Good reviews
Jeremy K on Jul 20, 2020
because I live Pliny the Elder
Raymond M on Jul 16, 2020
Upgrading from the American pale ale, hoppier
Joey E on Jul 3, 2020
Never tried this one
Louis LeBlanc on Jun 30, 2020
Easy and delightful.
Larry B on Jun 12, 2020
I love Blind Pig
David D on May 24, 2020
Dan: "It's my favorite IPA ever made"
Scott M on Apr 23, 2020
Great kit
Pete Previte on Apr 23, 2020
KOTW and double IPA!! More Hops!
Valued C on Apr 14, 2020
On my 5th batch. Neighborhood favorite.
Michael J on Mar 31, 2020
My first brew. Still my fav
Jonathan V on Mar 26, 2020
Love Russian River!
Wesley K on Mar 24, 2020
Had this beer once. Really liked it
Scott M on Mar 21, 2020
trying again with less biterness
Gary W on Feb 4, 2020
Great deal on a great kit.
John K on Jan 21, 2020
Want to have beer at the house
Joseph K on Jan 17, 2020
Maurice S on Dec 9, 2019
had a draft of this at a restaurant and liked nit
Frank Z on Nov 21, 2019
Seriously, this is an outstanding recipe! Cut back on the oak though.
Duncan L on Oct 14, 2019
has been a good brew
Thomas S on Oct 1, 2019
one of my favorites
Joseph T on Aug 31, 2019
Had before & liked it
Phil W on Aug 28, 2019
Looks like a great IPA
Larry on Jul 25, 2019
Had it before, and brewed it before
Bruce Campbell on Apr 4, 2019
Sounded good
Larry B on Dec 4, 2018
Had the beer...delicious
Chris F on Oct 27, 2018
love ipa's and this is priced right
Mike D on Aug 31, 2018
Tried it before and liked it
Jennifer C on Aug 20, 2018
Outstanding beer from one of the best breweries I've visited!
John M on Aug 17, 2018
steve M n on Aug 16, 2018
Best beer ever made. I cant keep it on tap for my friends. Might have to switch to all grain because they are drinking it to fast.
Bob V on Aug 14, 2018
Like the original, trying the
Robert S on Jul 28, 2018
More beer recommended this item, I trust their opinion and they are always there when I need help.
Jeff P on Jul 18, 2018
Can not buy in my area would like to try and make
Valued C on Jun 26, 2018
Really tasty
Phil E on Jun 26, 2018
good beer
Michael B on Jan 5, 2023
I’ve had this on tap a few times and it’s tasty!!
JIM P on Aug 18, 2022

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Rated 5 out of 5
My New Favorite HB IPA
My local homebrew supplier lost his lease and closed last year. So instead of buying ingredients based upon recipes in books and online, I've defaulted to doing kits from online vendors...

I've enjoyed the Pliney the Elder clone kits from MB and other vendors' versions from Russian River Brewing, so thought this Blind Pig IPA might also be good.

It is so good that it has immediately become my new favorite Home Brew IPA.

Full disclosure: I skipped the dry hop that kit called for. But even without it this brew's hop level is just fine with plenty IBUs.

Just ordered another of this BP kit to keep my supply chain moving. ; )
July 2, 2023
Rated 4 out of 5
nice IPA
turned out great. This was my first IPA and I had some troubles dealing with the hop sediment. Good Customer Service from MoreBeer.
July 11, 2022
over 2 years ago
Rated 2 out of 5
Too much oak
Like some other people have posted, this beer was destroyed by the overpowering oak . Waited for over a month after kegging and still too much.
August 10, 2020
Rated 3 out of 5
Blind pig, but not RR blind pig
Malt and ample hops. I can’t complain, but I need to read descriptions better. Not sure why there’s a Russian river picture in the product pictures, when this is not the Russian river clone of the beer. It’s an older iteration. I found that out after I bought it. It’s beer, so it will get drank, but slightly bummed.
January 29, 2020
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great brew
I have brewed this kit twice and it came out great both times. The second time I switched the hops around by mistake. I put the cascade in at the beginning of the boil and added the Magnum when I was supposed to add the Cascade. It came out great I like it better than the way than what the recipe calls for. I should change ingredients up more often.
December 28, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Good tasting beer.
Did it taste like Blink Pig? Not really. But it made for a really good IPA.
April 4, 2018
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
over 6 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 2 out of 5
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