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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.

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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I wanted to brew a clone of this beer
Henry F K on Mar 23, 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
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 picked this because ive only heard about the legendary "Pliny the Elder"
Andermahr F on Mar 5, 2018
Did this one last year for the 500. Friends and Family loved it, so we are making it again!!
Barry T on Feb 20, 2018
I love this beer
Richard M on Jan 31, 2018
I’ve made it twice before and it’s alway really good!
Cory S on Jan 30, 2018
Delicious double IPA that is very smooth. Quite similar to the real thing.
Christian K on Jan 19, 2018
I have brewed this kit once already and really enjoyed it.
Julian F on Jan 15, 2018
Wanted to try kit for first time.
Timothy D S on Mar 20, 2018
Because it is the best IPA out there. Hands down the best beer recipe one can buy!
Agustin R on Mar 8, 2018

4.8 / 5.0
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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
3 months ago
Decent brew, but definitely not Pliny
Brew day went well. Hit all my target numbers. The recipe though varied somewhat to quite a bit from other online sources for this beer. You don’t know what’s in the kit until you unbox it and look. Seems to me some hops were switched out for others. The yeast I got was dated November 2017, with an estimated viability of about 64%. I wasn’t too happy about that, but I was making a starter anyway. The flavor and aroma hops just seem to take a backseat, nothing jumping out of the glass and knocking your hair back. Overall it was a drinkable beer by all means, just wished I hadn’t told everybody it was supposed to be Pliny the Elder! That’s a tough glass to fill and I should’ve known better. I now know for next time........
February 27, 2018
2 months ago
Tasty, smooth and aromatic
I have brewed this recipe twice now, both times it came out very good, very aromatic and smooth, people who tasted it couldn't believe it was a double IPA at 8.5% ABV where mine came in at most recently. I have never had the actual pliney but regardless if you like hoppy beers it's definitely worth Brewing. Cheers!
February 17, 2018
2 months ago
Great kit. I've pieced together a kit before and this makes it way easier to get started instructions are clear and easy to follow. Tastes great as well
February 2, 2018
2 months ago
I did not get close to Russian River
Love Pliny, great beer and hop taste and aroma. I am not sure if it was my brewing skills or what but this did not come close. first time I have ever had hops in the mash? wonder if something was not right. Instructions were not specific on this.
January 27, 2018
2 months ago
This is a great recipe. Even with the minor modifications the beer is awesome.
January 26, 2018
2 months ago
It's just THAT good
Never expected it to be so 'not overwhelming'. I kind of burned out on IPA's a few years back but this brew that I made for my son-in-law has brought me back around. Thanks Vinny!
January 25, 2018
2 months ago
Very good but not quite the same
I've brewed about a dozen Pliny clones from various sources the past few years. They are all phenomenal beers. This is the first time I've done the "real deal' from Vinny himself. Of course it's a great IPA and much closer to the real thing than any of the other clones I've made but it's not quite the same.

The bitterness malt, nose, and head are spot on. The Real Thing MIGHT have a bit more malt character. Just like all the other recipes I've brewed, the color is darker than the original. The original is quite pale while this is more amber. Note: I used Gigayeast Vermont IPA yeast. I usually use US05.

I'd give it 5 stars if this were simply a generic double IPA.But one star deducted for not getting the color right.
January 24, 2018
2 months ago
It's all about your method. Results will vary
These are the ingredients but are you a worthy brewer? Your method including strength of boil, mash temp, strike temp, hop additions will all impact this a lot. I have made this a few times and I love it but it always a little different than the real thing. Not in a bad way. Just different,
January 23, 2018
2 months ago
Great beer! Always consistent.
January 17, 2018
2 months ago