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. Update: Make that the sixth year in a row as of June of 2014,
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.
Crushing the grain with my Barley Crusher Mill
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.
Grain nicely incorporated with my brewer’s whisk
Whole Cascade Hop Cones in the mash. I love this picture.
In a Spiegelau IPA Glass
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.
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