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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 a truly amazing beer with a cult like following, and was once one of the hardest IPAs to find, as Russian River brewed it in very limited quantities. Depending on where you live, it may still be next to impossible to track down! But with this killer clone 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. (Hey, it could happen!). Light malt color, huge hops, and a dry finish. Be prepared for an outrageous amount of flavor.

This is THE original Pliny the Elder recipe, given to us directly by Vinnie at Russian River Brewing Company. This beer is an intense Double IPA. High bitterness with a dry malt finish, 8% alcohol, 6 separate hot side hop additions, 3 separate dry hop additions, and intense hop flavor and aroma! Pliny sets the standard for Double IPAs!

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 put it way up on your priority list. 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
  • IBUs: 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.
 
 
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Why did you choose this?
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My boss loves this beer and we are unable to get it in florida
Flash G on Nov 9, 2022
I lived in California until july 2021 and I really miss Russian River beers
Slowbrew on Nov 4, 2022
My boss loves this beer and we are unable to get it in florida
Flash G on Nov 9, 2022
I like it
Bob R on Nov 9, 2022
I lived in California until july 2021 and I really miss Russian River beers
Slowbrew on Nov 4, 2022
One of my fovorite beers.
Donald K on Nov 2, 2022
Allways Have Pliny on Tap!!
Barry S on Oct 28, 2022
Because I am cool and people will like me
MIke McCullough on Oct 7, 2022
Pliney not available in Michigan
Andrew P on Sep 12, 2022
Awesome recipe- better than the bottled version
Tony S on Aug 17, 2022
Like the original. Still trying to get the kit to taste as good. Still tase good though.
Jimmy Oliver on Aug 12, 2022
Great beer kit plus coupon. Win-win.
Scott Jordan on Jul 23, 2022
I’ve made this before and it is fantastic!
Ben M on Jul 15, 2022
Fantastic kit. Turned out great last time I brewed it.
Ryan F on Jul 1, 2022
Super good IPA
Tim S on Jun 24, 2022
Had this years ago and loved it
Lauren H on Jun 21, 2022
delicious ale
Murf on Jun 3, 2022
It's Pliny the Elder!
Eric D S on Jun 1, 2022
Made a good beer before.
William T on Jun 1, 2022
So good!
Ken M on May 31, 2022
Great Kit
David O on May 31, 2022
Good Deal
Jim F on May 28, 2022
Good reviews
Michael C on May 25, 2022
Hubby's favourite
Margaret A W on May 24, 2022
Ordered before, happy with results
DUANE P on Apr 19, 2022
Solid recipe. Always delivers.
Guy F on Apr 8, 2022
Had the beer before it is Amazing!
Jeff H on Apr 4, 2022
I've made this many times and it's delicious!
Michael L on Mar 23, 2022
A whim
Pierce R on Mar 23, 2022
I've brewed different Pliny clones from other homebrew shops, wanted to see how the original compares.
John B on Mar 15, 2022
I like
Paul A Howell on Mar 14, 2022
Don't live where can purchase original
gary lynn on Mar 3, 2022
This is the best beer!
Troy D on Mar 2, 2022
Because it's yummy
Masterbrewer on Mar 1, 2022
Like Pliny
Kevin stuart T on Feb 21, 2022
Best beer I have ever made
Michael H on Feb 15, 2022
Brewed it before. Nice clone
Ginter Struzyna on Feb 1, 2022
Want to do a bigger ABV
Johnny Stamey on Jan 22, 2022
Friend recommended it
Greg H on Jan 22, 2022
Great IPA
Randy H on Jan 11, 2022
Brewed it before and liked it
Ginter Struzyna on Jan 10, 2022
Delicious Recipe
Donald O on Jan 10, 2022
PtE is the best beer I've ever had
Mark A. W on Jan 7, 2022
This is an excellent beer, I have always wanted to brew it.
William R on Jan 7, 2022
It's delicious
Jason Kropp on Dec 17, 2021
Highest ratings and being on the East Coast I have not had this brew
JASON BLAKE O on Dec 16, 2021
Based on Reviews
joseph s on Dec 15, 2021
had it before
Scott M on Dec 10, 2021
Love the Pliny. Comes out just like the real thing because it is the real thing.
Joe Asa on Nov 29, 2021
Present
Brandon M on Nov 27, 2021
I don't hav a grain mill yet.
Robert Moran on Nov 27, 2021
It was buy another case, or make a five gallon batch...I'm going for it
Erika B on Nov 19, 2021
I like it
Bob R on Nov 9, 2022
One of my fovorite beers.
Donald K on Nov 2, 2022
Does anyone have a target water profile that they used for the all grain kit?
Tim Bergstresser on Sep 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: In the book IPA by Mitch Steele it states that Russian River uses Santa Rosa city water treated with just a small amount of gypsum.
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
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.
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
Hello,

For the All Grain Pliny the Elder kit, the 2oz Cascade (mash). Does this mean to add it when I add the grains to mash or as a FWH after the grains are removed?

Thank you.
Jennifer Andre on Mar 26, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I added to the mash tun itself, and let the Cascade hops rest with the mash for the hour. This kit is great! Brew On.
The Pliney the Elder recipe says to add the dry hops during primary fermentation. Not sure when. I assume it's not when you pitch the yeast ? The 3 to 7 days is contact time, right
Thanks, Phil
Phil Newby on Apr 4, 2022
BEST ANSWER: Made this kit, and it turned out perfect. In general, best time to dry hop is right after the yeast is done working. Usually that’s in 3-7days, if you’re using a secondary fermenter that’s the time to add the dry hops and let the alc cool off. Would def recommend a secondary ferment and a cold crash to get this beer super clear.
I am just starting out and haven't brewed anything yet. Should I order this kit pre milled or not? Thanks
Daniel LaBreche on Aug 24, 2022
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. We recommend purchasing this and all of our kits premilled if you do not own a reliable grain mill. Cheers!
Does anyone have a water profile for Russian Rivers Pliny the Elder I can add to my BeerSmith?
Don Johnson on May 17, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Here is a water profile used by Mike McDole who was close with the owner of Russian River and praised for his ability to recreate their beers as homebrew. He published this water recipe on the Maltose Falcon's website many years back in the heyday of Pliny.
"The water was R/O to which was added gypsum, Epsom Salt, and salt to bring it to Ca-110ppm, Mg-118ppm, Na-17ppm, SO4-350ppm, Cl-50ppm. "
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.
Reviews

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Rated 3 out of 5
You can get this beer with a much simpler process.
I brewed this beer, then brewed another beer I created a few years ago, me or my buddy couldn't tell the difference.
Here is my much simpler and easier recipe for this exact beer.
13 lbs pilsner
. 5 lbs carapils
1 oz Citra boil for 30 mins
1 oz Simcoe and 1 oz Amarillo 30 min whirlpool
1 oz Simcoe and 1 oz Amarillo 30 min whirlpool (this is a double whirlpool)
1 oz Amarillo and 1 oz Simcoe dry hop day 3
1 oz Amarillo and 1 oz Simco on kegging day
That's it
Enjoy!
August 7, 2022
Rated 3 out of 5
Vary bitter, going to reduce the heat to hops.
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July 23, 2022
Purchased
8 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Truly a Clone
I've been doing extract brewing for many years and even tried a Pliny LME clone kit from another supplier. While it was okay, I was left pretty unimpressed.

I pulled the trigger on an all grain setup and didn't hold back on getting everything for a very good home brewery... conical unitank, glycol chiller, kegging, pressure transfer, etc.

My very first brew in the new setup was this Pliny kit and I couldn't be more ecstatic with the outcome. Several people who are quite familiar with the real deal, including me, have tasted it and simply couldn't believe it was possible.

I followed the directions faithfully throughout. My only screwup was having the blowoff tube in sanitizer when cooling the wort in the conical before pitching yeast... I think I sucked a cup or two of Star San into the fermenter. Perhaps I should incorporate that into the recipe going forward. ;-)

Despite my one screwup, we did back-to-back taste comparisons with 6-week old bottles of real Pliny and almost everything was exactly spot on; color, ABV, bitterness, carbonation, and malt. The only difference was a very slightly more intense hop flavor in the real deal and I have ideas on how to resolve that one discrepancy for the next batch.

My goal in my new brewery setup was to avoid any oxygen exposure on the cold side. While that's important for any brew, I think it's particularly important for this one and am confident it's the reason I got so close to the real thing.

I did 5 days of fermentation at 66?F, dumped trub/yeast, dry hopped, and then a gradual diacetyl rest to 72?F for another 5 days before cold crashing and carb'ing in the conical prior to pressure transferring to keg. Total of 12 days from boil to serving with no additional conditioning.

I should add that I used CellarScience CALI and there's no way I'll move away from this for future batches despite not being a liquid yeast. Phenomenal results and my attenuation came out perfect. Super impressed.
June 28, 2022
Purchased
6 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great value!
Seriously impressed with this recipe
The loot
The loot
March 12, 2022
Purchased
9 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great!!!
This is my second time brewing this beer, all my friends love it and it taste great!
January 11, 2022
Rated 5 out of 5
It is fermenting perfect and it smells great. Haven't tried it yet. It still needs to finish fermenting and then be bottled.
December 15, 2021
Purchased
12 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Growing up on the west coast I’ve had the privilege to consume my fair share of Pliney and this recipe was very nice!
Really delightful and refreshing!!!
July 14, 2021
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
great kit. was shipped with extract instructions though. only thing to figure out is your water volume, based on your system.
May 5, 2021
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
First beer I ever made and it came out great and everyone loved it, I will be buying this again
March 22, 2021
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Everything in one kit made it easy
So far, I have only one small concern and that is the directions. I would like to have more specific all grain steps such as when should I add the whole hops to the mash? Having all of the ingredients in one package did make the brew day super easy!
March 9, 2021
Purchased
1 year ago