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Home » Recipes » 2005 April - Pliny the Toddler
2005 April - Pliny the Toddler
Style:    American Extra Pale Ale (XPA)
Brewed by:    Kent Fletcher, George Mahoney, Jonny Liebermann, Nicky Salerno, Drew Beechum
Brewed at:    The Shop Brewery Mk II
Batch Size:    31.0 Gallons
Boil Time:    90 Minutes
Est. OG:    1.055
Actual OG:   
Est. IBU:    65.7 IBUs
Est. Color:    4.9 SRM
Recipe Index | Promash File
Grains, Extracts, Sugars
Malt Name Maltser Amount Percentage
Marris Otter Crisp 39.0 lbs 54.7%
2 Row Pale Malt G. Western 29.0 lbs 40.7%
Cara-Pils 3.25 lbs 4.6%
Hops
Name Form Alpha Amount Time
Columbus Pellet 15.5% 2.0 oz 90
Chinook Pellet 15.7% 1.41 oz 60
Columbus Pellet 15.5% 1.41 oz 30
Simcoe Pellet 13.7% 1.41 oz 30
Simcoe Pellet 13.7% 1.41 oz 15
Simcoe Pellet 13.7% 2.82 oz 1
Columbus Pellet 15.5% 2.82 oz 1
Yeast
Man. Code Name Type Amount (Starter)
WLP 001 California Ale Ale Slurry from Elkwood Wheat Shop Brew
Mash Schedule
Step Rest Temp Rest Time Heat Water
Mash in 151 F 60 minutes Infusion 21.5G @ 162F
Extras
6 tablets Whirlfloc
Notes

This beer was inspired by the series of Pliny beers (currently Elder and Younger) from Russian River Brewing and Vinnie Cilurzo. Vinnie was a fantastic host to the club during our break neck race to a few breweries during the Anchor Weekend.

Jonny Lieberman really fell in love with the Pliny the Younger and wanted to replicate the general concept, so he started emailing Vinnie and asking questions and generally being a homebrewing pest. Vinnie graciously offered advice and tips on how he brews the Pliny beers. Out of those discussions, Jonny got fired up to try a Pliny the Younger clone on the new shop system. Unfortunately, the mean old President of the club forced a change of plans and thus was born this beer in tribute to Vinnie (and ready for the drinking at Temecula), Pliny the Toddler XPA.

The basic concept of an XPA is a beer that relatively has all the hop wallop of an IPA or Double IPA, but with a gravity more conducive to session drinking. Here we have a modest beer of 1.055 OG (13.6 Plato), which under normal circumstances will yield a beer of around 5.5%ABV.

The typical crystal malts of an American Pale or IPA are stripped away to allow the hops to really shine through. Marris Otter is used in large portion to provide a good malt backbone to the brew and the Cara-Pils serves to keep the body alive in the face of a withering lupulin blitz.

Also note this is the first time the Falcons attempted a full barrel on the new Falcons Pilot Brewery Mk. II. Over 70lbs of grain is no small task to handle. Adding complications to the overall day and session is the fact that this brew day happened the same day as the Maltose Falcons' April Membership Meeting. Confused Falcons everywhere were heard to ask, "Do I brew? Do I drink? Help!"

Congratulations and Happy Birthday to Co-Brewmaster Nicky Salerno!

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