Russian River’s Pliny the Elder

20150705_064438 13.6 Lbs Grain  20150705_070356   Stirring the Mash


20150705_110606 Shaking Wort from the Hop Spider    20150705_111054                                                                                                   Chillin’ in the fermentation Chamber

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Style Information

Name: Pliny Spider
Recipe Type: All Grain
Category: Double IPA

Grains & Extracts

Name Amount Notes
Pale 2 Row 13 lb It is low in total nitrogen, well modified, high in enzymes, and easily converts with a single step infusion mash. It has a light, clean, smooth flavor
Crystal 40L 6 oz Caramel 40L is a popular and verstaile medium caramel malt that will contribute rich golden hues and smooth flavors of sweet toffee and caramel.
Carapils 1 lb It is the top performing malt in the dextrine-malt category. It consistently increases foam, improves head retention and enhances mouthfeel without adding flavor or color to your beer.
Corn Sugar 1 lb Corn sugar and table sugar (sucrose) are cheap fermentable sugars that produce alcohol without leaving the cloying residual sweetness of malt extract.


Name Amount Alpha Acid % AAU Time Notes
Cascade (Whole) 2 oz 7.3% 14.6 60 min For Bitterting Pleasant, flowery, spicy, and citrusy. Can have a grapefruit flavor.
Magnum 2 oz 12.6% 25.2 90 min Known for bittering value and quality.
Simcoe 1 oz 12.3% 12.3 45 min Flavor A bittering and aromatic hop.
Columbus 1 oz 14.3% 14.3 30 minutes Flavor Pleasant, with pungent aroma.
Centenial 2 oz 9% 18 minutes Aroma Hops Add at Flameout @ 160* Medium with floral and citrus tones.
Simcoe 1 oz 12.3% 12.3 minutes Aroma Hops Add @ Flameout A bittering and aromatic hop.
Columbus 3 oz 14.3% 42.9 minutes Add to Secondary Pleasant, with pungent aroma.
Centenial 1 oz 9% 9 minutes Add to Secondary Medium with floral and citrus tones.
Simcoe 1 oz 12.3% 12.3 minutes Add to Secondary A bittering and aromatic hop.


Name Type Use Amount Time Notes
Whirlfloc Fining Boil 1 tab 5 min A blend of Irish moss and purified carrageenan that help precipitate haze-causing proteins and beta glucans
Priming Sugar Other Boil 1 lb 10 min Corn sugar (dextrose) for priming bottle-conditioned beer or boosting gravity. A common addition to help dry out the finish in highly hopped beers like Imperial IPAs.

Mash Steps

Name Step Type Step Time Temperature
160 degrees for 30 min. Then 156* for 60 min. Infusion 90 min 156


Amount: 7 gal
Water Description: Filtered
Time: 90 minutes
Target Batch Size: 5 g


Step Time Temperature Container Additions
Name: Amount
2 Weeks 65-68 5 gal carboy


Estimated OG: 1.072
Estimated FG: 1.012
Estimated ABV: 7.90%
Actual OG: 1.076
Bitterness: 200 IBU
Estimated Color: 6 SRM

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