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Monday, July 8, 2013

Brewing More Beer's Pliny the Elder Kit!

For the fifth year in a row Russian River Brewing Company's Pliny the Elder has topped Zymurgy Magazine's Best Beers in America List.

More Beer has has kits (All Grain - Extract) for Pliny. The recipes for these kits came to More Beer directly from Vinnie Cilurzo, owner and brewer at Russian River Brewing Company.

It's worth noting, that generally speaking, More Beer has a difficult time keeping this kit in stock.  If it's available and you're wanting to brew it... I'd suggest picking it up while it's around.

I brewed the All Grain version of this beer.

Recipe Contents

Crushing the grain with my Barley Crusher Mill

Crushed Grain

Starting to warm up strike water in my Blichmann Boilermaker

This beer contains a lot of hops

Taking the grain temperature using my Top Find - CDN DTQ450X Thermometer - Review

This recipe gets whole Cascade hop cones right in the mash.  That's a first for me.

This was my first full scale brew in the bag batch.  I've brewed a lot of smaller batches BIAB and I love it.  I used More Beer's 29 x 29 drawstring bag, which fits great in my 10 gallon Blichmann BoilerMaker kettle.  All the math worked out, but I was a little on the nervous side seeing just how little space I had left over prior to adding grain.

For Fun: Making a whirlpool just because I can, with my Top Find - Brewer's Whisk - Review

Grist bill just in the kettle.  It fit!

Grain nicely incorporated with my brewer's whisk

Whole Cascade Hop Cones in the mash.  I love this picture.

Front view of Boilermaker, Bag and Mash

Hops incorporated into mash

The mash settled in at 154

Drinking a Summit Saga while time passes

After an early hop addition

After a later hop addition

Wort chiller in to sanitize

After the last hop addition

Getting a whirlpool going

Here it is fermenting away!  Yay... yeast win again!  I fermented this in More Beer's 6 Gallon PET Carboy - Review

Fermentation activity is staring to slow

Dry hops added.  Reiterating... this beer has a lot of hops.

After cold crashing

The finished product

I'm not big on superlatives or favorites.  I will use both, but I hesitate.  I can't definitively say that this is the best beer that has ever come out of my homebrewery.  I can't remember them all.  This has to rate highly though, if it's not at the top, I'd like to have more of the beers that have bested it.

What I can definitively tell you is this... This beer turned out amazingly well.  Lots of hop flavor and aroma.  It is delicious.  I can highly recommend this beer.

Vinnie's "Pliny the Elder" Double IPA - Extract Beer Kit KIT774 - $49.95 + Free Shipping with $59 Order

Russian River's "Pliny the Elder" Double IPA - All Grain Beer Kit (Advanced) KIT776M KIT776U - $45.95 + Free Shipping with $59 Order

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  1. Yes, but did it come close to Pliny? That's the problem I had. I brewed it twice, and while it was great both was no Pliny The Elder. The hopping was a bit on the harsh side (dry hopping with CTZ maybe?).

    1. I have had Pliny, but it's been a while as it's not readily available where I'm at. So... I can't do a side by side and tell you one way or the other. I wouldn't call the hopping harsh at all, but that's a personal taste thing. I think it's an amazing beer.

  2. Recipe isn't close to the recipe in Mitch Steele's IPA book nor the recipe published years ago in BYO.

  3. Is that your temp controller probe wrapped around the carboy?

    1. Kind of. The thing that's wrapping all the way around is a big rubber band. That's holding the probe tight against the carboy.

  4. Nice, I recently bottled my Pliny clone that came from Austin Homebrew supplies - have you tried that?

  5. Very cool. For my next batch I want to use the BIAB method. You can take any all grain kit and just use the BIAB method? Did you but ALL of your water in at the beginning so you don't have to sparge? How much water did you use?

    1. Yep, you can do any recipe with the BIAB technique. I added about 8.08 gallons to the 14.38 lbs of grain. I figure .11 gallons to lb absorption and boil off loss of 1.5 gallons (1 hr per gallon for 90 minutes). The figured up to 8.08 gallons.

  6. I just bottled my Pliny version I did. Its roughly based on the BYO version. I'm excited for it.... We'll see how it ends up!!!

  7. I brewed the BYO version and it is a fantastic beer!

  8. The best I've ever brewed! Never had the real thing, but does that really matter? This is an awesome kit, period.


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