Pliny the Step Child (7 ratings)

All Grain Recipe

Submitted By: jbaggs (Shared)
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Brewer: Justin A Baggs
Batch Size: 6.50 galStyle: Imperial IPA (14C)
Boil Size: 9.49 galStyle Guide: BJCP 2008
Color: 13.6 SRMEquipment: Pot and Cooler (10 Gal/37.8 L) - All Grain
Bitterness: 218.2 IBUsBoil Time: 90 min
Est OG: 1.078 (19.0° P)Mash Profile: Single Infusion, Medium Body, No Mash Out
Est FG: 1.012 SG (3.1° P)Fermentation: Ale, Two Stage
ABV: 8.8%Taste Rating: 45.0

Amount Name Type #
1.30 tbsp PH 5.2 Stabilizer (Mash 60 min) Misc 1
13 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 2
1 lbs 8.00 oz Caramel Malt - 60L (Briess) (60.0 SRM) Grain 3
1 lbs 8.00 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 4
1 lbs Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 5
8.00 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM) Grain 6
1 lbs 4.96 oz Corn Sugar (Dextrose) (0.0 SRM) Sugar 7
4.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [15.5%] - Boil 90 min Hops 8
1.00 oz Simcoe [13.0%] - Boil 60 min Hops 9
1.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [15.5%] - Boil 45 min Hops 10
1.00 oz Simcoe [13.0%] - Boil 30 min Hops 11
1.00 Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15 min) Misc 12
0.25 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10 min) Misc 13
1.25 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10 min) Misc 14
3.00 oz Simcoe [13.0%] - Boil 0 min Hops 15
1.00 oz Centennial [9.9%] - Boil 0 min Hops 16
1.0 pkgs California Ale (White Labs #WLP001) Yeast 17
1.00 oz Centennial [10.0%] - Dry Hop 10 days Hops 18
1.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.0%] - Dry Hop 10 days Hops 19
1.00 oz Simcoe [13.0%] - Dry Hop 10 days Hops 20
1.00 oz Centennial [10.0%] - Dry Hop 4 days Hops 21
1.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.0%] - Dry Hop 4 days Hops 22
1.00 oz Simcoe [13.0%] - Dry Hop 4 days Hops 23
0.30 oz Centennial [10.0%] - Dry Hop 0 days Hops 24
0.30 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.0%] - Dry Hop 0 days Hops 25
0.30 oz Simcoe [13.0%] - Dry Hop 0 days Hops 26

Taste Notes

Had a blind taste test vs. Pliny the Elder on 2/14/2013. Pliny the Elder was 18 days aged since bottling according to the date on the bottle and the clone was kegged 10 days earlier. (8 days fresher) 11 of 14 taste testers choose Pliny the Step Child (Elder clone) as tasting better. I was one of the three that choose Pliny the Elder as the better beer. Color of this clone is slightly darker but very close.


Pitch approximately 100 Billion Cells over recommended by BeerSmith. 347.5 billion recommended, 450 Billion+/- pitched (calculated via Pitched yeast into 60-degree wart. Added 1 oz. each of Simcoe, Centennial and Columbus. Fermented for 4 days (gravity at 1.038) then racked on top of 1 oz. each of Simcoe, Centennial and Columbus. Fermented for 10 days (gravity at 1.015) then kegged with approximately 0.3 oz. each of Simcoe, Centennial and Columbus in three 3” stainless steal tea balls. (each ball was filled with one hops) Refrigerated at 36 F for 5 days with 10 PSI of CO2.


by jbaggs

Dry Hop 0 days Explained

I use three tea balls directly in the soda keg. Each full of the three hops. Approx .3 +/- oz fits.

by dkaskel

IPA Perfection

by hopfrog

Not only the best beer I have ever made but the best beer I’ve ever had. Bit expensive to make but worth every penny. My friends and I will be drinking a lot of this beer this summer.

by PepeSylvia

Have yet to brew it But got to taste it. Excellent Beer One of the best I have had. Drink it fresh!!!


by goadtoof

Just to confirm, you added an ounce of Simcoe, Centennial and Columbus when you pitched the yeast? Is that the 0 min boil hop addition? You leave those in there the whole fermentation or remove when you rack?

by smoorenc

Hi CAn you explain the dry hop of 0 days?

Not a great recipe

by pencaps

Seems like most of the reviews are not actually reviews, but the site makes you select a rating to post a comment/question. Seems like most people defaulted to a high rating to post their question. I posted a couple questions about the recipe months ago, which were never answered. This recipe wasn't very good. Too much crystal malt, and way too many hops. Tremendous amount of loss to kettle and fermenter trub. Beer was harsh, too bitter, and not very drinkable. I would not brew this recipe again.

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