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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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Description

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, 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.
 
 
ABV %8
IBU200
SRM10
Beer StyleIPA & Imperial IPA
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentHigh (7-9%)
BitternessVery High (71ibu+)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodAll Grain
Pre-MilledY
Community Q&A

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Awesome beer
John L on Feb 27, 2021
Bought before and is a great kit.
Robert A W on Feb 15, 2021
Awesome beer
John L on Feb 27, 2021
Best whole grain kit ever. This brews the best beer I've ever had.
Michael S on Feb 18, 2021
Bought before and is a great kit.
Robert A W on Feb 15, 2021
The reviews seemed good.
James B on Feb 9, 2021
It's good
Joe M on Feb 2, 2021
Rated good
Noah Windschitl on Jan 29, 2021
Delicious
Miguel Ugarte on Jan 26, 2021
Great DIPA from the West Coast
R R on Jan 16, 2021
Had before . Very good
John W. Smith on Dec 22, 2020
I’ve brewed this several times and it has always been a winner.
David Petri on Nov 26, 2020
craving an IPA
Valued C on Nov 24, 2020
I like this beer
Ryan W on Nov 10, 2020
Brewed once before - loved it!
Todd C on Nov 9, 2020
Have always wanted to brew Pliny, since its one of the best tasting!
Joseph L on Nov 3, 2020
Love this kit great tasting ipa
robert l on Sep 26, 2020
I like elders
wayne j on Sep 23, 2020
I have brewed this kit several times so far.
Alan J on Sep 9, 2020
We've made this ket many times. It's an old favorite that we love make and drink.
Jeff P on Sep 1, 2020
Favorite brew
David L on Aug 28, 2020
great reviews on site
Gillian V on Aug 28, 2020
I enjoyed the real thing so thought it would be interesting to brew the clone
Patricia R on Aug 16, 2020
Great beer
Richard L on Jul 28, 2020
love pliny...first kit to get my feel for all grain brewing
norman h on Jul 23, 2020
make beer
Ryan Jones on Jul 16, 2020
So I can try Pliny the Elder!
Ryan F on Jul 16, 2020
I'm a big fan of Pliny the Elder, but it can be hard to find and expensive. Hoping this is close to the real deal, because it'll be about a quarter the cost at the cheapest I've ever seen the bottles.
MelloMoose on Jun 23, 2020
just like the real thing
jorge p on Jun 18, 2020
I've brewed this kit before, and it came out wonderful
Bruno G on Jun 13, 2020
Awesome kit! Brewed this twice so far and love it! As good as the original, and fresher!
Derek P on Jun 13, 2020
We can’t get the original where I live
Doug C on Jun 4, 2020
I'm from Nor Cal, now living in TX. Only way I can get my Pliny
steve romley on Jun 4, 2020
Pliny the Elder is Soooo good
Kenneth S on May 30, 2020
Made this before and like it a lot.
Simon Frampton on May 27, 2020
Pliny's one of my favorite beers!
Graham P on May 26, 2020
One of the best beers ever.
CRAIG J DOUCETTE on May 21, 2020
Brewed with success many times
Brian L on May 17, 2020
High Reviews
Alexander R on May 14, 2020
its a great beer
CJ L on May 13, 2020
Great beer kit. The price is good.
Jeffrey E. T on May 11, 2020
Have brewed this kit several times and I am always pleased with the beer.
Donald K on Apr 20, 2020
can't get the grain at this exact moment
Mike B on Apr 15, 2020
Always wanted to brew a clone of this
Bill H on Apr 10, 2020
Had it in the past and love the taste.
Valued C on Apr 8, 2020
My friends enjoy this beer
William L on Apr 8, 2020
I've heard of Pliny, but never tried. Might as well make my own while quarantined!
Andrew W G on Apr 4, 2020
Love Pliny
scott a b on Apr 2, 2020
A favored ale.
David E on Mar 20, 2020
IT'S SO GOOD, PLEASE NO FLOUR
Tom J. on Mar 19, 2020
good price
Tim H on Mar 19, 2020
Because we have to survive Covid19 somehow
JDub on Mar 18, 2020
Best whole grain kit ever. This brews the best beer I've ever had.
Michael S on Feb 18, 2021
The reviews seemed good.
James B on Feb 9, 2021
Is there an instruction sheet for the all grain kit? Mine shipped with none.
joseph drescher on May 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I'm not sure why it's not included with the shipment but if you look under the documents section of this page (or any all grain kit page) you will find the link to download the all grain instructions. The documents section is right below the description of the beer. Those instructions will take you up to the point after the mash is complete, from there just follow the extract instructions.
Are there all grain instructions?
TIMOTHY KIBE on Apr 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Please go to the bottom of the page under How-To and click on Instructions and Manuals. There is a link to instructions and pdf on All Grain Brewing. Happy Brewing!!
So I got the all grain kit and received the extract instructions. Tank goodness I have done enough brews to know what to do but would it be possible to include the all grain instructions with the all grain kit? I am mashing at 152 (has to guess) so hope this is right. Already did the yeast starter and need to do this tonight, so I hope it turns out right.
Charles Carter on Feb 14, 2019
Does anyone have a target water profile that they used for the all grain kit?
Tim Bergstresser on Sep 25, 2019
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
The recipe is not posted for some reason. I wanted to know if this kit uses Cascade hops?
Charles Carter on Feb 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Charles - Thank you for pointing that out, we will be sure to add the recipe onto the webpage. This website (https://www.homebrewtalk.com/forum/threads/morebeer-pliny-the-elder-instructions-confusion.302620/) contains the recipe sheet. It's towards the middle of the page.
Can I get this in a 2.5 or 3 gal kit? If not, is it possible to get the recipe so I can build one on my own? I make mostly small batches because a 5 Gal batch lasts too long and I can try more variety with the smaller batches.
William J Leeper on Jan 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi William - Unfortunately we do not carry this kit as a 2.5 or 3 gal batch. Please email us at info@moreflavor.com for the recipe. Brewtarget (http://www.brewtarget.org/) is a great tool for scaling batches up or down.
Reviews

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Rated 5 out of 5
Very Tasty IIPA. But not Pliny. Close though.
Must say this is a fun kit to brew. Been brewing AG for 15 years. I admit I just followed the instructions as I have all the ingredients on hand. Crushed grains on brew day. Used WLP 001 w 1.3 liter starter. Mashed @ 1.25qt/Lb @ 152. OG of 1.072. FG of 1.006! 8.8% ABV.
Appearance for sure darker than the OG Pliny. Might go 25% Pilsner malt next time. I get fresh Pliny whenever I want, being in San Diego. Local shop has em for $5.99. Great deal these days. Clone is bitter, but smoooth. Not quite the in your face nose of the OG, but pretty darn good. Might keg hop next time, that’ll do it. I also tossed in some whirlpool and Dry Hop Amarillo. Pretty sure it’s in the OG. OG definitely has some apricot notes.
All in all, get this kit. Brew it. Drink it. Repeat. Lol. Don’t boil too hard, or wort will darken even more. I actually cut boil time to 75 minutes and whirlpool flame out hops @ 170 for 20 minutes.
February 19, 2021
Rated 5 out of 5
I can only imagine ....
I can only imagine what Pliny the Elder fresh on tap tastes like. This kit is so delicious, the aroma of a fresh pour from my corny keg invites you to quaff. Yes, look it up, Quaff! Drink deeply .... it is work every penny. I must say it is best drunk fresh, By that I mean there is dissipation as the keg sits for a couple of weeks. But I think if you share this, friends will help you blow through iy, quickly. A crowd pleaser for sure. The photo may be the wrong glass, but look at that delicious lacey goodness!!
For the life of me, no matter what I did, I could not get this photo right.
For the life of me, no matter what I did, I could not get this photo right.
January 21, 2021
Purchased
3 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Been sampling during fermentation, taste pretty close to what I remember the real legend taste. Very interesting step of mashing whole hops. Few weeks from completion, but I’m super pumped to drink!
January 1, 2021
Purchased
3 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Ultimate Flavor IPA
Love hops? You'll love this. It's flavor will not attract the bud light crowd. This one is for people who love extreme flavor in their beer.
September 21, 2020
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Awesome Clone!
On the East Coast, the only real Pliny I get is when a friend from California brings me one bottle. Unreal. So making 5 gallons of a very good clone gets my Pliny Fix on totally. I brewed in a Grainfather, and it was spot on, fermented a little on the low end, but to me drier was better!
July 10, 2020
Purchased
11 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Absolutely Great Beer!
OMG, this was the best IPA (and maybe the best beer) I’ve ever brewed! I’m ecstatic about how this turned out, and can’t wait to brew another batch.
April 22, 2020
Purchased
11 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Beautiful big beer
Great kit. I’ve made a few times as the extract version. Just did the all grain and turned out amazing!
April 8, 2020
Purchased
11 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I have made Pliny several times.One of my favorite beers!
March 31, 2020
Purchased
11 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Incredible iipa that is very hoppy and worth the wit.
December 25, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Tastes great. Packs a punch.
Great ingredients. Top quality hops. But... I always get extract instructions for my all grain kits. It’s not a huge deal I can figure it out.
December 15, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago