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

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

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Pliny the Elder is truly an amazing beer with a cult like following. Our Pittsburg, CA warehouse is located close to the brewery and we can still only get this beer in limited quantities. However with this killer kit you can make your own Pliny and 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. This 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! In short, 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.

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

ABV %8
Beer StyleIPA & Imperial IPA
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentHigh (7-9%)
BitternessVery High (71ibu+)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodAll Grain
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Why did you choose this?
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Tried before when I was a new brewer, can't wait to try it now that I have about 20 batches under my belt
Jared Williams on Jan 11, 2019
3rd time brewing this. excellent beer
dennis O on Jan 1, 2019
Tried before when I was a new brewer, can't wait to try it now that I have about 20 batches under my belt
Jared Williams on Jan 11, 2019
I love pliny and want to brew it myself
Ben H on Jan 10, 2019
3rd time brewing this. excellent beer
dennis O on Jan 1, 2019
Great kit
John N on Dec 27, 2018
nicola a on Dec 20, 2018
Legionary beer
Dave St. A on Dec 17, 2018
Had it before it’s ridiculously good!
Patricia C on Dec 15, 2018
Can't buy it? Brew it!
Adam K on Dec 14, 2018
Tastiest kit I've ever had.
Don R on Dec 1, 2018
I’ve always wanted to taste this beer. Now I can make it!
Craig M on Nov 24, 2018
Made this before - absolutely DELICIOUS
Ben H on Nov 24, 2018
It's a great beer that I can't find in stores
Kevin J on Nov 19, 2018
Because its good stuff!!
Aaron M on Nov 17, 2018
Love Pliny
Todd L on Nov 17, 2018
Love the beer!!
Allison R on Oct 23, 2018
I liked beer. I still like beer.
Vilis O on Oct 5, 2018
He's a hophead.
Gunnar E on Sep 14, 2018
Lots of good reviews, wanted to give it a try.
Walter T on Sep 11, 2018
Enjoyed the extract version of "Pliny", want to dry all grain
Lane P on Sep 10, 2018
amazing clone
roger D on Aug 30, 2018
Tried once before and it didnt turn out, trying again
Valued C on Aug 30, 2018
Great kit, and as kit of the week, a deal
William on Aug 30, 2018
Had it before and loved it
Valued C on Aug 29, 2018
Love this beer
Scott S on Aug 29, 2018
Great brewery never tried the beer this will be as close I can get for now
Ernst V on Aug 29, 2018
Like this beer & have wanted to brew myself and this is a great deal & opportunity to so so.
Steve K on Aug 29, 2018
Kit of the week
Danielle D on Aug 29, 2018
Hands down; the best IPA ever.
Tedd M. S on Aug 29, 2018
Best reviews
Scott Sexton on Aug 23, 2018
It had great reviews
Douglas H on Aug 20, 2018
heard about the beer. never had it.
Dock Y on Aug 18, 2018
I went to the brewery and had the beer. I want the recipe to brew for myself anytime I want, instead of standing in line for 3 hours.
Einar M on Jul 10, 2018
Roberto L D on Jul 1, 2018
Looked interesting and like the Original beer it's a clone of.
Robert W on Jun 26, 2018
I've done many clones of this beer. Interested in Vinnie's original. A beer to be respected, particularly when it's time to stand up. ;)
Brian M on Jun 26, 2018
I made it before and it's delicious
ed m on Jun 26, 2018
Can't beat Pliny for a double IPA and this one is closest to the original.
Richard Beckley on Jun 6, 2018
I believe I'll brew 10 batches of these before I'll track down the real thing
Robert C on May 31, 2018
I can't buy Pliny where I live
Antonio Martinez on May 30, 2018
Want to recreate one of the greats!
Jake A on May 10, 2018
To compare against the extract version
Iain B on May 10, 2018
i like ipa my first my yeld was off new equp
Richard 1. on May 7, 2018
second batch
Kevin La R on Apr 25, 2018
Brewed this before, was incredible!
Rodney W on Apr 19, 2018
Wanted to try this IPA
steve P on Apr 16, 2018
I was feeling lazy about building my own recipe, and have always been curious about this kit.
CHRIS L on Apr 5, 2018
I wanted to brew a clone of this beer
Henry F K on Mar 23, 2018
Wanted to try kit for first time.
Timothy D S on Mar 20, 2018
I've never tried the original. Wanted to brew a high-gravity IPA, saw this one and thought i should give it a try.
Bradley K on Mar 16, 2018
Because it is the best IPA out there. Hands down the best beer recipe one can buy!
Agustin R on Mar 8, 2018
I love pliny and want to brew it myself
Ben H on Jan 10, 2019
Great kit
John N on Dec 27, 2018
How many pounds of grain in this kit?
Matthew Ludman on Jun 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The kit uses 14 1/2 pounds of grain and one pound of corn sugar. There are also 14 oz. of hops in the recipe. I used the kit for the first few batches then started buying the ingredients locally. This is one of my favorite beers and I always keep it on hand. It tastes just like the original.
Alan Johnson

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Pricey kit, but it tastes GREAT!!!!
I've brewed this several times, and each time it's been great! I've never had the opportunity to have an actual bottle of Russian River's Pliny the Elder, but I can't imagine it being much tastier than what you can brew with this kit.
December 7, 2018
1 year ago
Best kit so far
Been brewing for over 10 years and this is by far the best batch I've made. I haven't done a side-by-side with the real thing yet, but I will definitely brew this again.
October 14, 2018
4 months ago
Great Kit!
This kit was received in excellent condition. I was surprised at how much grain there was and then I started sorting the hops! Mash hops, boil hops, no boil hops, and dry hopping hops! More hops than I have ever used in any of my previous batches. Can’t wait to taste the finished product. The cooled unfermented wort was delicious!
September 10, 2018
5 months ago
Outstanding Kit!
I am a novice brewer, but have winemaking experience, so I understand process. My first 2 Pliny batches were malt extract. While a very respectable product, I felt it was a bit too malt forward for a DIPA. Third time was a charm - all grain! The steeping was straight forward and the wort smelled so much better than the malt extract kits! FAST, aggressive fermentation, dry hopping and racking complete and beer is currently in the keg and came in at 8.1% ABV. The result is truly OUTSTANDING! I will FOREVER be an all grain brewer! Thank you, MoreBeer!
July 17, 2018
6 months ago
Response from MoreFlavor
Great to hear your results and progression!
July 31, 2018
Zach R Staff
It’s a great brew. I modify it, as I don’t find adding hops to the mash ton too helpful. At that temperature you are mostly only getting very volatile aroma oils out which get boiled off. I like to all the whole hops at flame out during my whirlpool for better aroma and flavor.
June 13, 2018
1 year ago
Great kit
Loved this kit! Brewed 2 kits for 10 gallons. Used the white labs California ale yeast and it came out great. Kegged it 17 days after brewing it and it finished at 8.6% ABV. Will buy again for sure!
June 1, 2018
Love it
One of the best West Coast Double IPA kits you can buy!
April 17, 2018
1 year ago
Great beer
in the spirit of Pliny and really good. I like throwing some carafa special into it and making a killer black ipa.
April 9, 2018
9 months ago
What a great clone. This is an amazing beer that I will for sure buy and brew again. Lots of hops, smooth, and hot; simply great. Buy it.
All hail Pliny
All hail Pliny
April 3, 2018
10 months ago
Hard to beat for the IPA lover!
What can I say? If you have tried and like Pliny The Elder, this is a spot on recipe. The only thing better is Pliny The Younger (IMHO) and that is not available that often.
March 1, 2018
1 year ago