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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 or yeast. The recommended yeast(s) can be found below. All grains will come milled.

Item # KIT774
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Availability California - In Stock
Pennsylvania - Out Of Stock
Weight 12LBS
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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Blake K on Feb 24, 2018
I love IPAs
C L on Feb 17, 2018
Blake K on Feb 24, 2018
Lane P on Feb 17, 2018
I love IPAs
C L on Feb 17, 2018
Wanted a special ale for my son's birthday
Frank Z on Feb 9, 2018
Brewed it many times great Double IPA.
Jerry M on Feb 6, 2018
It’s delicious!
915 Bay Leaf D on Jan 30, 2018
One of my favorite brews.
robert a on Jan 27, 2018
See if it's as good as the real deal.
Adam L on Jan 22, 2018
Alexander P on Jan 22, 2018
Price and description
Paul W on Jan 19, 2018
very good reviews
steven w on Jan 18, 2018
Reputation of beer and high score review.
Thomas White on Jan 15, 2018
want to try the best
david madsen on Jan 10, 2018
Lane P on Feb 17, 2018
Wanted a special ale for my son's birthday
Frank Z on Feb 9, 2018

4.9 / 5.0
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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
2 months ago
Delivers the goods
Makes a really, really good beer. I'm still waiting to compare to the legendary original.
February 6, 2018
Great tasting recipe
complete and as advertised
February 6, 2018
1 month ago
Good kit
I have made this twice now and compared both batches to the real thing. Both batches came out a little on the malty but with that strong piny hops taste. I personaly along with most of my friends preferred the kit version over Russian Rivers bottled version.
January 30, 2018
2 months ago
Brewed today - 1/26/18
Brewing was a little different than the previous kits I have done. More as this progresses through it’s paces ang gets bottled.
January 26, 2018
2 months ago
fabulous beer
this beer, along with Hopslam, is absolutely my favorite brew. family and friends agree. will continue to brew on a regular basis. best to wait 3-4 weeks if you bottle, even if carbonation complete at 2 weeks. flavor is just better later.
January 21, 2018
1 month ago
So far it is really good
Bought this kit about 2 weeks ago and it's sitting in the primary dry hopping right now. Once fermentation slowed, I sampled the beer (while taking a hydrometer reading) and the beer is coming along quite awesome. Lot's of great hopiness in the beer and good body. Mine is going to end up being around 10% abv though (OG of 1.085 and FG should make it to 1.010 or close to it). One thing I noticed about this kits hops that differentiate it from other clones is the addition of the Cascade hops during steeping (or mashing for the all grain version). None of the other clones have cascade in the hop bill. I contacted RR about this and they directed me to their website which lists the hops as: Amarillo, Simcoe, CTZ, Centennial, and Cascade. But in the email they list the hops as: Warrior, Amarillo, Simcoe, CTZ, Centennial, and Cascade. Warrior hops are not listed on the website but only in the email. I was curious why this kit doesn't contain the CTZ hops (Or the Warrior hops if that's in the brew as well). All in all a great kit. I wish I had a Pliny the Elder to compare with (I'm looking for one to trade now). Regardless of the hop selections, this is an awesome beer. Cheers!
August 18, 2017
Living in the midwest, I've never had a Pliny the Elder, so no clue how close it compares. I got this kit based on reputation and reviews here.
Some others have complained about not yielding enough wort when transferring. With this in mind, instead of my usual 6 gallons, I upped it to 6.5 gallons. Per recommendations, I added only the whole cascades hops without the malt- and added the malt closer to the 45 minute mark, instead of the full hour. Hit the original gravity dead on. I used white labs california yeast, with 1l starter. I think I should have either used a 2l starter, or maybe I didn't oxygenate it enough, either way, I had a stuck fermentation. I warmed up the fermenter, and agitated slightly for a day or 2 and it picked up some, but by end ABV ended up being a little short, about 7.3% instead of 8%. After 3 weeks, I kegged it anyway.

Still turned out great. Very nice double IPA. I'd put it as good or better than any other that I've had, commercial or home-brew. Will definitely make it again, but apply my learnings- a bigger yeast starter and more aeration early.
June 3, 2017
Wow. Great beer! Can't compare it to original because I never had it. But from someone who loves the style and enjoys Double Jack, Maharaja, etc. this one is a great extract kit. Great instructions and extras light clarifier. The downside is yield. I want to brew this again but by the time you throw away the dead yeasties and then the sludge at the bottom of the carboy when you dry-hop the yield is less than 4 gallons. I want to brew again but will have to try something new, at least for the dry-hopping.
January 26, 2017
What a great intro to beer making!
I had be ver made beer before, but a skilled friend told me that if I got ahold of a kit, he'd walk me through the process on his equipment. I've never been able to track down a bottle of Pliny in the flesh, so making my own seemed like a fun challenge.

It's delicious.

I like a nice IPA, and this one is top shelf. I only put one in the fridge at a time, otherwise I think I'd drink these up way too quickly. Try it out if you like a serious IPA with a somewhat ridiculous amount of delicious hops.

I'll brew this one again for sure...it's amazing to think that we made this at home!
November 30, 2016