Russian River Brewing Company Blind Pig® IPA | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | All-Grain

Russian River Brewing Company Blind Pig® IPA | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | All-Grain

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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 grains will come milled, unless you select unmilled base malts.
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brewed it previously
Michael C on Feb 7, 2023
Outstanding kit
Alejandro G on Jan 13, 2023
brewed it previously
Michael C on Feb 7, 2023
Good brew
Mike Raether on Jan 26, 2023
Outstanding kit
Alejandro G on Jan 13, 2023
Good reviews
John Y on Dec 2, 2022
I have brewed it before and liked it
Jay M on Oct 14, 2022
Great beer
kevin v on Sep 5, 2022
Russian River reputation
David L on Aug 23, 2022
tried it previously
Michael C on Aug 8, 2022
Russian river reputation
Hermann on Jul 2, 2022
Always wanted to do this one and was priced right
Brian J on Jun 30, 2022
The Pliny kit was excellent so I thought I'd try this one
Pierce R on Jun 18, 2022
Classic recipe I’ve made for 6 years.
Mike Catalano on Mar 24, 2022
I ordered this for free shipping, and because I haven't brewed it and enjoy trying different IPAs.
John B on Mar 15, 2022
I like it
David M Frausto on Jan 22, 2022
Great IPA
Randy H on Jan 11, 2022
This is an excellent beer, I have always wanted to brew it.
William R on Jan 7, 2022
Good Review
william m on Dec 24, 2021
never tried this kit
John U on Nov 20, 2021
Gift - Nephew picked it.
John G on Aug 3, 2021
Wife loves IPA
Gerald J Forbes on Mar 24, 2021
made it before
steve M n on Mar 20, 2021
Russian River, what else can i say
james l on Feb 25, 2021
Never tried but heard about it
R R on Jan 16, 2021
I love the beer
Jamie M on Jan 9, 2021
Classic recipe
Brendan F on Nov 4, 2020
I enjoy the beer.
Ruben M on Sep 16, 2020
Never tried this
Ken Tucker on Sep 10, 2020
I like the original
Jason N on Aug 15, 2020
It is a great kit
geremy S on Aug 5, 2020
To Test it
Vincenzo D on Jun 23, 2020
just did pliny wanted to try this as well
Tom & Lisa Y on Jun 1, 2020
My favorite Russian River beer!
Arlyn S M on May 25, 2020
Mmm Mmm Delicious beer to brew
Rob C on May 21, 2020
Amazing beer
geremy S on May 15, 2020
Kit of the week !!!
Nathan Hausch on Apr 17, 2020
I have made this before and it is delicious.
George on Apr 15, 2020
My all time favorite beer from Russian River and I’m giving this clone a try.
Peter b on Mar 25, 2020
Can't get the real beer here.
WALTER F. on Jan 22, 2020
Just tried this the original on tap, outstanding; time to brew .
Troy N on Jan 22, 2020
Love the Pliney Kit and figured this has to be good too
derek f on Jan 17, 2020
Dave F on Jan 15, 2020
We have brewed it several times in the past!
Kent F on Jan 11, 2020
Kenneth A M on Dec 18, 2019
Husband likes UP As.
Lacie L on Dec 2, 2019
Like the beer
Dwayne K on Dec 1, 2019
Like the beer. I want to see if I can make it.
Brian B on Nov 4, 2019
Russian River
Jerry M on Oct 14, 2019
Gilberto Narez on Oct 12, 2019
It was on sell. And why not try a new BEER.
robert j on Oct 9, 2019
I picked this because I have made it before. I have tweaked some of the ingredients to make it better or just as good.
Valued C on Oct 4, 2019
Good brew
Mike Raether on Jan 26, 2023
Good reviews
John Y on Dec 2, 2022
How many lbs of grain are in this recipe?
Benny on Oct 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It has 13 lbs. of 2-Row, and 8 oz. each of White Wheat, Carapils and Crystal 40L.
what is the hops schedule for this beer? or just link the recipe sheet
William Ortiz on Oct 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Hey fellow brewer! Never actually made this beer cuz I thought the hops were too mild for my liking. Makes a great base to experiment with! Schedule for this beer is 2 magnum 60,.5 cascade 30, 1 cascade 15. DH 1 willamette, .5 cascade. Cheers!

4.1 / 5.0
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Rated 5 out of 5
Do it again!
Very pleased with the first time, so brewing a repeat! Used Safale US-05.
February 5, 2023
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Very Enjoyable
So good I ordered a second kit
February 19, 2021
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent IPA, but not cloned
I’ve made this beer from kits purchased from Morebeer. It makes a very nice IPA that is similar to but not a clone of Blind Pig. Each time, I get bottles and do a blind triangle test. Each time my family identifies it as not a clone, but they actually like it better than the commercial beer. I have to use Red Party cups because the color will give away immediately. The clone is a little darker. I’ve even let beer sit a couple of weeks, using clarifiers. Family gets it right evertime. With my system, it makes a beer in the style of Blind Pig and is pretty close, but not a clone.
December 20, 2020
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Blind Pig Review
First time brewing this beer, but like all Morebeer kits the brew day went off without a hitch. Hit the expected OG and then some. Currently in secondary fermentation and hit expect FG and a bit more. Going to dry hop today and package this weekend.
December 1, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Good Kit
I have never had the original for comparison. That said, this one did make a nice beer.
October 19, 2020
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Really, really good .... !
If you like hoppy beers, this is one you should enjoy. Great aroma and plenty of hop flavor. One of our favories.
October 1, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
blind pig ipa
so far so good, good numbers after rinse and hydrometer reading after boil. in secondary fermenter right now. added oak for only 4 days to see what effect it has, did not want to go 7 and find out too strong in oak
June 14, 2020
over 4 years ago
Rated 2 out of 5
Oaky oak oak
To me the oak chips ruined it. Someone mentioned below the oak flavor faded after 3 weeks. It's drinkable. I'm comparing the real thing head to head and I just can't get past the oak. I don't get oak in the original.
I will wait and update if improvement.
I followed the instructions with the oak additions. Added them to fermented 7 days before kegging :(
May 6, 2020
over 4 years ago
Response from MoreFlavor
Sorry to hear that the oak chips overpowered the recipe. The current Russian River recipe does not have any oak added to it. There was oak in the original Blind Pig recipe but has since been removed. We hope that the oak flavor fades to the point where it is drinkable for you.

From my experience with this recipe I recommend using the oak for just 3-5 days so there is just a hint of oak tannin to support the piney hop character. When adding oak to any beer it is important to taste it frequently and rack it off of the oak as soon as you like the flavor.
May 18, 2020
Malcolm lieban
Rated 5 out of 5
Great, easy drinking IPA
Tastes great and has a nice finish. Not overly hoppy but has enough of a hop punch to fully enjoy this one. Definitely would order this one again.
March 7, 2020
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
A 6 pack is $40ish, this is cheaper! LOL
Discover the origins of one of the best "west coast IPA's", I leave out the oak chips just for my personal preference. Simple recipe, easy to brew, best recommendation is to make sure you have some ability to do temp control, try not to ferment too warm.
December 11, 2019
over 4 years ago