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

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

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Pliny the Elder is truly an amazing beer with a cult like following and very limited quantities. However with this killer kit you can make your own Pliny and perhaps you will 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 at the Russian River Brewing Company. This beer 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! 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.

WLP001 - White Labs California Ale
WY1056 - Wyeast American Ale
GY001 - GigaYeast NorCal Ale #1
IYA07 - Imperial Flagship

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Item # KIT774
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 12 LBS
ABV %8
Beer StyleIPA & Imperial IPA
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentHigh (7-9%)
BitternessVery High (71ibu+)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodExtract
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Just trying to find a gift for son-in-law. this sounded interesting and had good reviews
Carol H on Dec 11, 2019
Michael S on Dec 9, 2019
Just trying to find a gift for son-in-law. this sounded interesting and had good reviews
Carol H on Dec 11, 2019
My go to IPA. Smooth, big and predictable.
Michael G on Dec 10, 2019
Michael S on Dec 9, 2019
Best homebrew kit ever
charles g. on Dec 9, 2019
It was on my sons wish list
Mrs GINA W on Dec 4, 2019
I love pliny
Mark B on Nov 25, 2019
want to taste it if I follow istructions
charles s on Nov 23, 2019
Brewed Before and enjoyed
Terry L. P on Nov 21, 2019
Rave reviews and I wanted to brew a double.
Chris S on Nov 12, 2019
I've tried Pliny and loved it. I've been trying to get a clone going for a while and finally found this kit. Hopefully it lives up to it's namesake
Ryan M on Nov 4, 2019
cant find piny locally
Nicholas R on Oct 10, 2019
Sounds fun
Justin S on Oct 1, 2019
i cant buy it where i live
Tyler W on Sep 30, 2019
Hear it is the best craft beer. I am an experienced home brewer
Thomas B. W on Sep 30, 2019
Hometown brewery! Delicious beer
Justin M on Sep 24, 2019
I like this beer so much that I’ve brewed this kit 6-7 times
Half Mind B on Sep 19, 2019
Love it!
Bill M on Sep 17, 2019
We like Pliny the Elder.
Jeffrey H on Sep 2, 2019
I’m going to make this next
Valued C on Aug 28, 2019
why not?
Nathanial D J on Aug 28, 2019
Destiny B on Aug 28, 2019
Made before.
Dennis R on Aug 28, 2019
christopher t on Aug 28, 2019
2nd brew and a great kit
William F on Jul 27, 2019
Long time favorite
Pete Previte on Jul 22, 2019
Tasted great the last time!
Valued C on Jul 16, 2019
Love this Kit! I have brewed about 10 Batches
Brad S on Jul 6, 2019
Jonathan n on Jun 22, 2019
Because it is really good and never had an issue with a batch.
Allan R on Jun 21, 2019
Love This Beer
Horacio V G on Jun 19, 2019
heard it was good
Sergio G on Jun 11, 2019
I've made this beer several times and it never disappoints. It's always the favorite beer on-tap when we host parties.
Jason L on Jun 5, 2019
Love this beer
James W on Jun 1, 2019
This kit is just excellent. This will make my 4th Pliny batch.
Jeff L on May 20, 2019
Brewed before and big fan of Pliny.
Iain B on May 17, 2019
It is delicious
Chad H on May 14, 2019
sounded good and had large number of positive reviews
Malcolm M on May 14, 2019
seems like a very well reviewed kit
lee w on May 8, 2019
2nd time to brew. First time was so good, had to get another kit!
James W on May 4, 2019
Tastes good
Mark S on Apr 25, 2019
If you have to ask, you haven’t had it.
Michael W on Apr 18, 2019
My go-to beer I try to always have on one of my 3 taps
Brian L on Apr 18, 2019
Why would you even ask why, This is The best IPA ever!
Patricia C on Apr 12, 2019
Highly recommended, and my son LOVES Russian River beers
Vance W on Mar 25, 2019
I can’t buy the beer in Idaho
Edwin W on Mar 24, 2019
Brewed this kit with a friend, want it in my kegerator. Have had the original many times!
James W on Mar 23, 2019
MADE IT ONCE. Want to improve
John T on Mar 21, 2019
This kit was recommended...and I like Pliny.
Adrienne C on Mar 19, 2019
Really good IPA
Alan Gregg on Mar 11, 2019
It's the best!
Hank N on Feb 26, 2019
My go to IPA. Smooth, big and predictable.
Michael G on Dec 10, 2019
Best homebrew kit ever
charles g. on Dec 9, 2019
Which yeast is preferred for Pliny The Elder, White Labs or Giga Yeast?
Steve Burgess on May 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Steve - The following yeast strains are recommended for the Pliny the Elder:

WLP001 - White Labs California Ale
WY1056 - Wyeast American Ale
GY001 - GigaYeast NorCal Ale #1
IYA07 - Imperial Flagship
What kind of hops come with this kit?
Jeremy Blundo on May 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Enter an answer to this question.according to the website it has columbus hops, simcoe hops, centennial hops and amarillo hops
I heard somewhere that you should use more yeast than normal for this recipe to ensure complete fermentation of the high initial sugar content. Is this true? Does the kit ship with the correct amount of yeast or should I purchase more separately?
Gabriel Hein on Apr 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Gabriel - We recommend using a yeast calculator to find out how much yeast to use ( And the yeast is purchased separately (recommended yeasts can be found on the product's page).

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Very Nice Clone of Pliny the Elder!
This is the 2nd time I've brewed using this kit and, again, it turned out awesome! I used Imperial Organic Flagship yeast in a 2-step 2000-ml starter and pitched into a wort temperature of about 65 °F. Dry-hopped at 7 days. No secondary, straight to the keg after 2.5 weeks in the primary. Added gelatin solution to clear. Amazing results!
August 13, 2019
1 year ago
Homemade "Pliney the Elder"
I was very surprised when I saw this for sale on The ease of this brew made it very fun. It is fermenting now and I am very excited.
March 8, 2019
9 months ago
Result tastes very similar to commercial bottle
Great value with loads of hops, no issues brewing and happy the result was so close to Pliny from Russian River. I call mine Pliny the Younger.
December 15, 2018
1 year ago
We Made a Great Beer
The consensus is that although we didn't make Pliny the Elder exactly, we made a great beer. Amber, rich in flavor from the all the hops, and everyone enjoyed it, both from the bottle and from the keg. It came out much darker than the original, with the hop aroma similar similar to the original. Will brew this again.
September 19, 2018
1 year ago
Very good 5 stars but not the best I've brewed but definitely up there
September 14, 2018
1 year ago
A favorite Double IPA of mine.
I have brewed this many times and it is always wonderful. Some friends and I tried this side by side with the origninal Pliny and most preferred this one. US-05 yeast. This is the authentic recipe with the correct hops.
September 7, 2018
1 year ago
A friend of mine took a tour at Russian River Brewery brought me back a bottle of which I thoroughly enjoyed!
I bought this kit from more flavor, the directions in the beginning seemed a little odd, but I decided to follow them to the T, as a result this beer tastes identical or even better then the one I had gotten in a bottle from Russian River. very happy with the way this beer turned out.
I would make it again.
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April 25, 2018
1 year ago
Pliny extract kit
Was very impressed with this kit. My friend a I did a side by side blind taste test with the real Pliny. Both of us prefered the stronger flavor of the extract kit. I had read many posts about the color being too dark or more of a copper color with the kit. To counter this I took some advise from a few forums to add the majority of the extract at the end of the boil. Still came out darker but definitely not a copper color. I will be making this year round.
March 28, 2018
Spot On
I picked up this kit for a quick "stock the larder" between all grain batches. Smooth process and excellent results. Put it on draft 1 week ago and quite sure it won't last long in the kegerator.
February 25, 2018
1 year ago
Delivers the goods
Makes a really, really good beer. I'm still waiting to compare to the legendary original.
February 6, 2018