Russian River Brewing Company’s Pliny the Elder has topped Zymurgy Magazine’s Best Beers in America List for a good number of years.
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
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.
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
In a Spiegelau IPA Glass [Review]
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
Russian River’s “Pliny the Elder” Double IPA – All Grain Beer Kit (Advanced) KIT776M KIT776U
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