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, yeast or priming sugar. The recommended yeast(s) can be found below. All grains will come milled, unless you select unmilled base malts.

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

California Recipients: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
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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Mark L on Oct 14, 2019
New trial
Christopher Bynum on Oct 7, 2019
Mark L on Oct 14, 2019
This is the best kit I have ever brewed.
Theron Volkman on Oct 10, 2019
New trial
Christopher Bynum on Oct 7, 2019
I love pliny
Beau J R on Sep 7, 2019
Wanted to brew this again for awhile!
John P on Sep 7, 2019
Love this kit. Whole hops, process is complicated and fun, the results are amazing.
Jeff P on Aug 28, 2019
Pliny the Elder is a great beer.
Jacob V on Aug 28, 2019
Dennis R on Aug 28, 2019
because it tastes good
Sean T on Aug 28, 2019
its PLINY!
Rhett G on Jul 23, 2019
By far the best All-Grain Kit I have ever brewed. At this stage in my life, a day without this beer is a life akin without my favorite color.
Derek J F on Jul 10, 2019
A friend brought me some of the "real" stuff and I want to do a comparison.
Gary V on Jun 25, 2019
I love Pliny
Oliver C on Jun 23, 2019
Derek J F on Jun 20, 2019
Because we live outside their distribution area and love this beer
Michelle W on Jun 1, 2019
Love this kit
Richard 1. on May 20, 2019
supposed to be a great IPA.
joseph drescher on May 14, 2019
Patrick K on Apr 9, 2019
excellent beer and made it before!
MANUEL S on Mar 24, 2019
Suppose to be good beer
Jeff G on Mar 22, 2019
Best beer!
Annessa M on Mar 16, 2019
Comes out exactly like PTE in a side-by-side.
Murf on Mar 11, 2019
Have had want to do a comparison
william m on Mar 8, 2019
Love the original and I want to recreate it.
Kevin Johnson on Mar 1, 2019
the Extract kit was great and now that I have converted to all grain I wanted to have a great beer on tap while my own recipes come into their own
Nathan M on Feb 14, 2019
Want to see if this kit matches the original
Hans R on Feb 14, 2019
I brew this kit every year
Russell L on Feb 14, 2019
Love this clone kit.
James on Feb 13, 2019
For the free tap handle promotion as well as the from the brewer kit
Damien P on Feb 13, 2019
If I can even remotely recreate Pliny it's worth it
Ryker H on Jan 24, 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!!
shawn 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
This is the best kit I have ever brewed.
Theron Volkman on Oct 10, 2019
I love pliny
Beau J R on Sep 7, 2019
Is there an instruction sheet for the all grain kit? Mine shipped with none.
joseph drescher on May 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Joseph - We have emailed the instructions directly to your email krillz@gmail.com
Are there all grain instructions?
TIMOTHY KIBE on Apr 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Timothy - We have emailed you a copy of the instructions.
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
BEST ANSWER: Hi Charles - Apologies for the inconvenience, I have brought this problem to the attention of my superiors. In the meantime the recipe sheet can be found at: https://www.homebrewtalk.com/forum/threads/morebeer-pliny-the-elder-instructions-confusion.302620/
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.

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Awesome beer kit. Best one out there!
May 31, 2019
5 months ago
Good beer...special instructions on product page for whole leaf hops
Never had the original but this thing is bitter and piney. I like it some do not at all. Beersmith said 198 IBU. It's be nice if the instructions for the leaf hops where on the actual brew sheet. They are on the website so pay attention
May 24, 2019
5 months ago
Great kit
One of my favorite clone kits. A tasty beer even before dry hopping (icing on the cake).
March 24, 2019
8 months ago
Great recipe, if you like PTE you will like this kit
Very close to the real thing. Actually amazing close. Mine came out a little "thinner" and a little bit more aggressive jo flavor. But we taste tested side by side with the real thing and it was very cool to taste how close it was. Cheers.
March 22, 2019
7 months ago
Great kit!
Enjoying the brew now and it's great!
February 18, 2019
11 months ago
Best $50 we've spent
If you are making IPA's and can't seem to get the aroma you're looking for. This recipe will open your eyes to the amount of hops that are necessary for a West Coast Style IPA. We were way low on the hop additions comparatively speaking. They are not lying about this being a clone either. Our beer looks like a Pliny, smells like a Pliny, and even initially tastes like a Pliny. It just doesn't finish like a Pliny. I expect that is mostly due to the yeast. We used the GigaYeast NorCal. We will continue to use the technique in the recipe to tweak other recipes that we have made.

MoreBeer..... Thanks a lot for this excellent brew kit
February 12, 2019
8 months ago
Response from MoreFlavor
Thank you so much for your feedback. We really appreciate the honesty and value great feedback like this as it helps us improve our products. Cheers!
February 13, 2019
Tyler W Staff
Close to Original
I was able to compare with a fairly fresh Pliny multiple times over a month and it’s close to the original. It is probably too hard to duplicate the exact product considering we all have different processes and water profiles. It was my first experience using wet hops. Quite messy. My beer was darker than the Pliny and a little muted hops in comparison, but that’s an issue on my end to resolve. The hop flavor and aroma declines fast so having mine in a bottle delayed my peak enjoyment. I would highly recommend kegging this recipe if you can due to the short shelf life of the hop goodness. You really notice it on a hop monster like this. Shipment and ingredients packaged nice. Fast free shipping is nice too.
February 2, 2019
10 months ago
Response from MoreFlavor
Thank you so much for your feedback. We really appreciate the honesty and value great feedback like this as it helps us improve our products. Cheers!
February 4, 2019
Tyler W Staff
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
1 year 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
1 year ago