Pliny the Elder Clone Recipe Kit
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I've tried various kits (some of which might have been a stronger version of this one) and this was a great one, and perhaps has less potency (good or bad, and perhaps for me this was better.) Other kits use two syringe extracts in addition to pellet hops during the boil and with this kit it is a pound of dry pellet hops, and for the most part is entirely the same, with similar results other then less piney flavors from the bittering with extracts. Because the secondary dry-hopping had many floating and cloudy elements (and I wanted to avoid using clarifying agents as it's essential to have hop particles in suspension for the aroma flavor characteristics) I waited a little longer to try to clear it up, and just at the last minute decided to sanitize a cloth muslin bag (not a grain bag but more of a spice or small gifting bag with a drawstring) suspending it from the side with a hook used in commercial kitchens for pots, and suspended the siphon hose into it to allow it to filter much of the hop particles. Some recommend to wrap a cloth around the siphon to remove hops, though the amount of hops still in suspension will quickly pose a big clogging issue if you attempted this (the bag was very full of hops and I think I might have emptied it twice during the process. . .) It's a much better beer when you can manage to control the hops when bottling, and this is something I've learned through trial and error to consider. I've yet to ever see the original beer as it has never managed to find it's way to Dallas, though I can easily imagine the beer is "similar," if not very decent, and you do want to drink IPA fresh, even if this could easily be stashed away for a long time (that was the purpose of the original IPA afterall; to endure long sea voyages to India.) I created a starter from an earlier Plinian beer I made and can't remember the yeast used, though do recommend a good yeast starter for anything strong like this (however, I might have honestly just dumped half of a 12 oz bottle into it after agitating the contents. . . It works sometimes.) This is very consistent in flavor profile with other kits, and I may try the all-grain variant to remain a purist (as this was what I would have originally done, and I know it will be good just the same.) A very strong beer that you can feel the effects of in a 12 oz bottle.
Made this beer several times and always turned out great! Compliments from all that taste it even people that are not big IPA drinkers. Well balanced smooth flavors make this a very drinkable double IPA.
Usually do partial mash, so I ordered this kit and an all grain kit together when they were on sale (~40$ each) Ina 10 gallon batch. Added Irish moss as well. Used WL001 yeast. Came out amazing, seems to get stronger every time I drink it.
My extract recipe turned out great, no issues, only positives. My initial sg was only 1.06 and final was 1.16. It fermented for almost 3 full weeks in secondary. The final result is delicious brew - nice deep color, great hop aroma, and citrus finish.
Double IPA's can be risky. This was on sale, so gave it a try. Awesome taste, and alcohol! How about another sale on this one? I've never had the real Pliny, but who cares. This one's great!