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The Plinian Legacy Double IPA Extract Kit


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Brewed with Columbus, Centennial, Amarillo® and Simcoe®, this quintessential double IPA is an homage to the #1 beer in America — as voted by the AHA — and one of the most sought-after brews of the last decade. Brew it for yourself with one of our most popular Double IPA recipe kits.

Due to the high starting gravity of this kit, we recommend pitching multiple packs of yeast or preparing a yeast starter for best results. Click here for more info.

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The Plinian Legacy Double IPA Kit

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In true west coast style, this famously fragrant IIPA beer kit features an uncomplicated yet sturdy malt backbone to which outlandish amounts of hops are added. It has a fine balance of malt, hoppy bitterness, and warming alcohol, with a fresh hop aroma of floral citrus, and pine. Bittered with pure essence of hop, flavored with massive kettle additions, and featuring not one, but two dry hoppings, it is the first and last word when it comes to the ultimate hoppy homebrew. There is no need to stash this Imperial IPA away as it is intended to be enjoyed fresh, before the delicate hop aromas fade. Get ready to experience the ultimate lupulin threshold shift!

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Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for The Plinian Legacy Double IPA Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1070
Total Time to Make6 weeks
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Plinnian Legacy- So far so good!
Package came nicely packed with everyting required. Big old heavy package, though. Can not wait to brew this as i have read all of the reviews and it is nothing short of great!. I will update once i actually get it into the boil and fermenter.
February 21, 2018
2 months ago
My number 1
My favorite from NB. When I brew this, I usually do a double batch so I can this. If you like strong, hoppy beer, you should like this one.
February 15, 2018
1 year ago
Crazy insane amount of hops
This kit arrived on time and was packed very efficiently. The liquid yeast was packed in a separate pack to keep it cool. All the ingredients were fresh and date stamped to show when they were packaged. My only concern with this kit is that the instructions are a little out dated; they called for a 2.5 gallon boil. I boiled a 6 gallon boil, and lost 2 gallons due to the crazy amount of hop additions. You will definitely want a blow off for this kit, as the fermentation is very aggressive!! It will be fun to see how this recipe stacks up against the real thing. I would recommend this kit and will be brewing it again.
This is day 4 of fermentation, still going strong at 66 degrees.
Check out this insane amount of Hops!!!
February 15, 2018
2 months ago
Great tasting beer. I bottled half and put the other half in keg. Both tastes great but the keg tasted even better.
February 14, 2018
5 months ago
My favorite
My all time favorite for the last 1 1/2 years. Keep reordering. Gets you ready for the next batch. Getting ready to make 2 more batches
January 9, 2018
4 months ago
This is One Delicious Brew
I've brewed this kit twice and currently have another in my primary as I write. The first time was about a year ago when my sister-in-law and her husband came to visit and I brewed this kit "on request". It was so delicious that we kicked a full 5 gal. keg over one weekend!
I love this brew and have compared the cost of this kit vs. buying the same ingredients from my local brew shop and the kit is way cheaper.
Being on the East coast I've never had the real Pliny the Elder IIPA, so can't speak to how true this clone is to the original, but can say that you won't be disappointed with what this one has to offer.
December 6, 2017
5 months ago
Great product
It tastes almost exactly like Pliny the Elder at Russian River brewery.
September 16, 2017
10 months ago
Powerful IPA
This is a strong brew with incredible amounts of hops, but it works! Amazing beer, one of my regulars!!
July 21, 2017
over 2 years ago
This was fantastic! This was the 5th kit I've ever done, and it was more involved, but the instructions were on point. I can't believe how well this turned out. Easily the best IPA in my fridge right now, and I've got some great names in there already. Just STELLAR! Will absolutely be doing this one again.
July 6, 2017
not a perfect clone but a great beer
Brewed this beer in mid May, enjoyed fresh Pliny in late May, and bottled this beer in early June.

This beer looks nothing like Pliny and tastes only slightly like it. Regardless, this clone is amazing. I only filled my carboy to 5 gallons, instead of 6, so I ended up with more of a DIPA but this beer is fantastic.

Great head, creamy feel and flavor is amazing. Even with double dry hopping the aroma is only just ok. Really good beer.
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What is the approximate IBU for this beer?
A shopper on Dec 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Off the charts. Literally.
I am ordering this as a gift. How long will it be good for? Do I have to worry about it expiring?
A shopper on Nov 29, 2016
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BEST ANSWER: This kit will be shipped with crushed grain; the grain is good for 3-5 months with no problem. After that long, the crushed grain may begin to get a little stale. It can still be used, but it's better if brewed up while fresh. All the other components would be good for much longer than that.
Is there a preferred yeast to get the best results from this kit?
A shopper on Dec 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Two packs US-05 dry yeast sprinkled over cooled wort. The next day you will have good fermentation and by the end of day two you need a blow off tube to allow the foam to pass.
Is is to make a starter if I am using the US-05 dry yeast? Others suggest an extra yeast pack but is this necessary? Presently I have neither an extra pack of yeast nor any extra DME to prepare a starter.
H A on Dec 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: While using one pack of yeast may work OK, there is the risk of under-attenuation or other fermentation issues due to not enough yeast. If you are using dry yeast, we definitely recommend purchasing an additional dry yeast pack.
Extract recipe calls for initial 2.5 Gal boil & add water in fermenter to yield final total of 6 gal. In reason not to add more water during initial boil or anytime thereafter rather than prior to pitching yeast?
A shopper on Apr 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can add more than 2.5 gal water if desired. However, it will take a lot longer to cool the increased water (actually wort) volume. Be sure to cool it to the desired temperature around 78F before adding yeast. This is my favorite go to kit so I'm pretty sure you like it too. Good luck!
I've brewed this recipe twice starting with 4 gal Spring water. After boil I have about 3 gals of wort. The trub is thick so I don't get much siphon volume without pulling the trub into the fermenter. Is this causing a grassy/earthy taste in my beer? Should I top off the post boil wort with additional Spring water so I can siphon a higher volume of cleaner wort into the fermenter? Any other suggestions for transferring a higher volume of clean wort into fermenter? There isn't enough post boil wort to whirlpool. Lastly, is Spring water appropriate for extract brewing or should I be using distilled water? Thank you and cheers!
Chris N on Jul 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think I'd instead pour the wort through a sterilized strainer or screened-funnel, so you get ALL the liquid and leave the solid material behind. It's fine if some gets in the fermenter, but it is nice to not have all of it in there. I'd then top off in the fermenter to just over 5 gallons, so you get your full expected batch size, after losing the amount known to be lost to the sediment in the primary fermenter. Spring water is generally better than distilled; distilled water has been stripped of all mineral content, and those minerals are needed for the health of the yeast. -Mike W, Northern Brewer
The extract kit comes with a 1 lb bag of corn sugar and the recipe calls for .75 lbs. Should I measure that amount or just use it all? Not that I am lazy, but I am if it won't effect the outcome.
T A on Jan 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for contacting Northern Brewer. I understand you are reading the instructions for the Plinian Legacy Kit. There is 0.75 lbs that is added to the end of the boil and then there would be a 5 ounce package for priming sugar, if you are bottling. If you mean the sugar at the end of the boil, it would not make much of a difference as sugar will be eaten by the yeast and turned into alcohol. However, sugar added to beer can also dry out the taste of the beer. Will it make that much difference? It might add a couple points of a percentage to your beer, but it also might change the flavor slightly. If you are adding the corn sugar for the bottle conditioning process, I would suggest using our Priming Sugar Calculator. You can find it here: http://www.northernbrewer.com/priming-sugar-calculator then just choose the style of beer you are brewing, the temperature you are conditioning the beer at, and amount of beer you've brewed. It will not only pop out the correct amount of sugar you will need to carbonate that beer, but give you alternative sugars you can also use to condition the beer with. Cheers!
Can you get away with not going to secondary on this? My secondary is currently aging a sour and I was thinking of doing a 3-4 week primary and then starting the 2 week dry hopping schedule instead.
A shopper on Jun 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Of course. Under most circumstances transferring to a secondary is completely unnecessary. In this case with risk of exposure to oxygen I would recommend against it.
when adding the dry hops do you remove the first hops that have been in there for 10 to 14 days then add the second dry hops or just leave them in there too for the remainder of the time untill you bottle
T R on Feb 18, 2016

You do not remove them. 10-14 days before bottling add dry hops #1. Then 4-5 days later add your next dry hops. Not 10-14 days then add dry hop #2. I hope that helps.

When using hop bags do I need to adjust wort in primary 6 gallons to 5.5 gallons ?
chris l on Feb 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Chris- I used hop bags and brewed to the recipe. 6gal went into primary (conical) after dry hopping and detrubbing I ended up with just under 5 1/2 gals of beer to bottle. Hope this helps.
How long should active fermentation take with this kit? This is my first high gravity beer and fermentation has been very active for 6 days now with no signs of slowing down. I used the Omega yeast with a 1.5 L starter.
Douglas A on Apr 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Just let it keep going and going until it settles down. Then you can transfer to the secondary-vessel. Active yeast is a good thing... You can also allow for extra secondary.
Does this fit in a standard 6.5 gallon fermenter bucket without blowout?
Steve V on Jan 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, if you look at the recipe it calls for a 6 gallon fill due to loss caused by all the hops left in the fermenter. If you are pitching correctly then only 1/2 gallon of head space is not going to be enough- just use the tube, it's easy and simple.
I followed the recipe to the exact steps. Added yeast at 70 degrees after two days airlock wasn’t chirping. Added an additional package of yeast on the fourth day. Checked airlock maybe clogged? Peeked inside and lots of foaming activity. Will this batch be ok?
Dennis S on Dec 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: If you have foaming the yeast is working, may just be coming through the air lock slower. Make sure everything is tightly together, but it sounds ok.
After reading the Q&A below, just wanted to confirm secondary and hop schedule?
- Secondary ferment for 2-4 weeks
- After the time above elapses, then add 1st stage hops.
- THEN 4-5 days later, add 2nd stage hops.
- Beer should be ready to bottle 10-14 days after the 1st stage hop.
A shopper on Oct 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I planned on just 2 weeks secondary fermentation. I don't use hydrometer. So I put 1rst stage hops in at beginning of 2nd ferment, then 2nd batch hops in 5 days before bottling, or on day 9 of secondary ferment. Worked ok, though I in-bottle fermentation for carbonation was done at too high a temp and bottles foamed out half the bottle when opening. Kind of a bummer. But that was due to weather....
Does this kit make 5 or 6 gallons. The Details say 5 but the instructions say "add more water as needed to bring it to 6 gallons?"
Mr E on Jan 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The kit is designed around making 6 gallons of beer at the start. Since there are significant losses to the copious dry hops, you end up with more like 5 gallons at the end. I made the kit to 5.5 gallons so it fit better in my fermentors, which got a small boost in gravity/ABV, and then was careful siphoning and got a net of just about 5 gallons still.
does this require a yeast starter?
A shopper on Jan 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I made this Plinian IPA a few months ago. No yeast starter and it turned out to be delicious. It was made and fermented in temperatures between 70 and 75 degrees. Good luck.
My final Gravity is coming out at 1.030 is that right or does it need to go lower
brewdog619 on Mar 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: My FG came in at 1.008 after 1 week in the primary. I used two packs of US-05. Aggressive fermentation first couple days then settled down. Used a blow off tube and everything went smooth.
Wondering how much water would be needed to do a full boil? Using a 15 Gallon Kettle.
B T on Dec 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I didn't use enough water. I used 4.5 gallons to mash and 4 gallons for a batch sparge. I wound up with a little under 7 gallons pre-boil. 5.5 gallons in primary and I just transferred about 4.5 gallons to secondary to dry hop. It tastes awesome, but next time I'll probably add a gallon to the mash and 1/2 to the sparge
Can you make this with the essential brewing starter kit?
V I on Dec 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, but i would suggest buying an extra package of yeast if you dont have a yeast starter kit.
Using hop bags do I need to adjust wort volume in primary 6 gallons to maybe 5.5 gallons ?
A shopper on Feb 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I think recipe accounts for some loss due to hop sludge. Even using bags you’ll still have some slurry @ bottom of fermented. It won’t impact quality of product and extra of this beer is not a bad thing at all.
Hi I have ordered this kit for my second ever brew I'm new to all this . But my question is it's come with a huge bag of grains do I need to use all of these ?
A shopper on Jan 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes. They add the sugars and taste profile that you can get with just extract. (Unless you ordered an all grain kit instead, check that). Add the grains to the grain bag and steep at 150 degrees for 30 minutes. Don't let the water exceed 165 degrees..
Hops - bag or no bag for the boil / flame out hops?
Matt D on Jul 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We do not include a bag for the hops but one can be used if you want less trub at the end of the boil.
I'm on day 6 in primary for the Plinian. This is my 8th overall extract beer I've made - so still a novice. All seems to be going well. I didn't look at the Question section before ordering. I see it mentioned that 2 Yeast packs would have been better - I only got one and added - the White Labs WLP001. If more than one yeast packet is reccommended, does it make sense to add that before you order or at least in the instructions? Again, still a newbie and following instructions to the letter for now, so would be helpful.
S C on May 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 1 packet makes the beer just fine so I would not be overly concerned and the beer should still turn out good. We recommend a yeast starter both on the product page and in the instructions. An alternative to a yeast starter is just adding two packets of yeast. I would proceed as normal, your brew should be fine. Cheers!
Is it possible to make this into 2.5 gallon batch recipe? Would it be as simple as halving all the ingredients? Can this hold true to all 5 gallon kit recipes?
Gregg K on Dec 28, 2015

Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! You can most definitely split any of the kits in two. There might be a little bit of inconsistency between batches, but they should still taste darn good!
The Plinia. Legacy recipe says 10 oz. of Briess Carapils and 6 oz. of Baird’s carastan specialty grains. The kit I received has one bag of Philosopher’s Grain blend. Does the blend consist of both the briess carapils and Baird’s carastan grains?
A shopper on Dec 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'm assuming so. The blend should match the recipe.
I am really thinking about making this my next brew. I recently was in Ashville NC and tried "Freak of Nature" from Wicked Weed Brewing and was blown away with the piney hop flavor! Have you tasted "Freak" and does the Plinian have more of a piney hop flavor. I'mean really beginning to warm up to hoppy beers but not the floral flavors. Thanks.
S O on Sep 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this recipie has more of a piney/citrusy flavor. It does not use any floral hops.
I'm 9 days in the bottle and yesterday (day 8) I decided to open a bottle and see how things were progressing (this is my second home brew ever). I ended up opening two and both were a foam explosion. In fact I was short of glass bottles and used a single wall metal growler and discovered the bottom was pushed out due to the pressure build up. My question is whether this will subside with more time in the bottle or did I really screw something up and can look forward to a similar experience with all of my bottles?
R Y on Aug 9, 2016

Thanks for contacting us! Sorry to hear about the overcarbonation.

Some of the bottles may not have this issue; it depends on what the cause is. If it is an infection, then it would depend on whether the infection happened before or after the beer hit the bottle. I've had this, and usually it tends to be a bottle by bottle issue. If infection is to blame, the beer can taste a bit off.

Or, the sugar may not have blended in evenly. If this is the case, some bottles might actually be under-carbed.

Finally, the beer may not have been done fermenting when you bottled. The best way to avoid this is to wait until the gravity holds steady for 3 days or more before bottling.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions,


Is this a mini mash or extract kit?
Al C on Aug 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This kit is extract with specialty grains for steeping. There is no mashing.
Just brewed this yesterday. Pitched the single envelope Dry Yeast pack. Reading now some say one is fine, others one is not enough....? Any thoughts, can i even pitch another packet at this time if i picked it up from my local brew shop?
J P on Aug 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Two would not be a bad idea, as the starting gravity of this kit is very high. I'd seriously consider adding a second one, it will help the beer ferment out fully, and turn out as good as possible. If a beer is starting over 1.065, you should consider using two dry yeasts, or doing a yeast starter with a liquid yeast. - Mike W, Northern Brewer
The instructions say to add .25 oz Amarillo hops along with steeping grain. Should I put the hops in the bag with the grains (and get removed with the grains)? Or just dump hops in kettle outside of the bag when steeping grains go in (get left in there the entire boil)?
L B on Jul 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would put them into a hop bag, or add them direct to the kettle. They are intended to stay in during the boil, so if they were inside the grain bag, they would get pulled out of the kettle and discarded, instead of being boiled for the 90 minute boil. -Mike W, Northern Brewer

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