Heady topperI was finally able to try the real Pliny The Elder last week. To me, this has lived up to the hype. I went in expecting this to be such a great beer--and it is certainly that.
My question is for those who have had Pliny the Elder, have you since been able to taste another beer that is just as great--or...even better?
By the way, I just kegg'd my PTE clone two days ago...if it tastes anything like the real stuff...holy $*^! I cannot wait.
The recipe on the first page says this brew should clock in at 95 IBUs.I just transferred a brew for my brother in law to the secondary. It had good color and 1.024 gravity. it tasted fairly bitter. with that mellow out in the dry hopping or is it supposed to be more bitter?
The recipe posted is vinnies from quite a while back so it may have changed some depending on the availability or cost of some hops over others. He says in the article he does like amarillo for ipas so it may very well be a standard in today's Pliny.I see that on Russian rivers website they say they include amarillo but this clone lacks it. Reasoning? Where would you incorporate amarillo in the boil?
Also do you just pitch the 1 packet of s-05?
I usually do not change the schedule at all as the difference in final product isn't noticeable, by my pallet anyway. I will say when I use leaf I usually adjust my mash to give me more wort as the leaf sucks up a lot more than pellets. I aim for about 0.5-1 gallon more to account for this in a 10 gallon batch...I also like to use a mix of hops types as leaf makes a nice bed to filter through. Best of luck!Forgive me for not reading every post to see if it was already mentioned, but how would you change the hop boil schedule if you were using pellets instead of whole leaf? Thanks