Pliny The Elder Clone Recipe

Zymurgy Magazine Pliny The Elder Recipe

Zymurgy Magazine Pliny The Elder Recipe

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

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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Ken Powers^Pliny The Elder Double IPA Clone^October 23, 2014^62^50^5^60^13^4^85^100^9^0^1^0^0.25^0.5^71^71^13^33^33^0.375^22^22^1^44^44^1^0^0^0^0^0^0^0^0^0^0^0^0^50^45^47^14^12^0^1^0^0^0^0^1^0^0^0^0^1^0^0^0^0^1^0^0^0^0^1^0^0^0^0^1^2^68^152^1.5^1.074^^152^Follow the following hop schedule:  2.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Mash Hop 60.0 min, 2.00 oz Magnum [14.00 %] - First Wort 60.0 min, 1.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] - Boil 45.0 min, 1.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] - Boil 30.0 min, 2.00 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Steep/Whirlpool, 1.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] - Steep/Whirlpool, 20.0 min, 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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^14^0^0^0^0^0^0.12^

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