I have seen several Russian River Brewing Company Pliny the Elder clone recipes and thought I would try one and modify it to fit into the allotted time I have for brewing. Since I only have about 5 and a half hours in any given evening to brew, certain parts of the process needed to be abridged. Between helping my children with their homework and cooking dinner, time is limited.
Many Pliny the Elder clones have hop oil additions early in the boil as well as multiple dry hop additions. I chose to simplify everything a bit and use one of the clone recipes that uses mash hop additions and just a single dry hop addition. Although this doesn’t jive with the recipe that Russian River supplied to Zymurgy magazine, I wasn’t going for an exact clone, just a really great all-grain IPA. My research indicates that Russian River’s head brewer actually uses a concentrated hop oil extract during their boil so the Zymurgy Recipe isn’t an exact clone either.
I am sure this is going to be a great beer regardless of whether it is an exact clone or not. I shortened the boil to 60 minutes from 90 minutes and I also had my first boil hop addition changed to a First Wort addition so the hops were in the kettle while the sparge process was happening. Everything smells great and I can’t wait to add the dry hop additions. My original gravity hit 1.074 which is very close to what I had calculated. My fermentation temperature is holding steady at 68 degrees (F) and I expect the final gravity will be very close to my calculated results as well which should put the Alcohol by Volume (ABV) at about 8%.
Recipe: Pliny The Elder Double IPA Brewer: Ken Powers Style: Imperial IPA TYPE: All Grain Recipe Specifications: ---------------------- Boil Size: 8.06 gal Post Boil Volume: 6.76 gal Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal Estimated OG: 1.076 SG Estimated Color: 5.5 SRM Estimated IBU: 172.1 IBUs Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 % Est Mash Efficiency: 86.7 % Boil Time: 60 Minutes Ingredients: ------------ Amt Name 2.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Mash Hop 60.0 min 13 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) 6.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) 1 lbs Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) 2.00 oz Magnum [14.00 %] - First Wort 60.0 min 1 lbs Corn Sugar (Dextrose) (0.0 SRM) 1.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] - Boil 45.0 min 1.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] - Boil 30.0 min 0.25 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 mins) 2.00 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 1.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 20.0 min 1.0 pkg American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056) 3.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 days 1.00 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days 1.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days Mash Schedule: -------------- Single Infusion, Medium Body, No Mash Out Total Grain Weight: 15 lbs 6.0 oz ---------------------------- Name Description Temp Time Mash In Add 21.55 qt of water at 162.8 F 152.0 F 60 min Sparge: Fly sparge with 4.65 gal water at 168.0 F
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