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Mona Lisa (2020)

379 calories 44.4 g 12 oz
Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Boil Time: 90 min
Batch Size: 5.5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 7 gallons
Post Boil Size: 6 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.096 (recipe based estimate)
Post Boil Gravity: 1.112 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 89% (brew house)
Source: Stone / BYO / Custom
Calories: 379 calories (Per 12oz)
Carbs: 44.4 g (Per 12oz)
Created: Wednesday March 25th 2020
Amount Fermentable Cost PPG °L Bill %
11 lb US - Pale 2-Row11 lb Pale 2-Row 37 1.8 59.5%
2 lb Crisp Malting - Amber2 lb Amber 33.1 27.5 10.8%
1.25 lb American - Roasted Barley1.25 lb Roasted Barley 33 300 6.8%
1.25 lb American - Black Malt1.25 lb Black Malt 28 500 6.8%
3 lb Dry Malt Extract - Light3 lb Dry Malt Extract - Light 42 4 16.2%
18.50 lbs / 0.00
Amount Variety Cost Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
1.30 oz Warrior1.3 oz Warrior Hops Pellet 16 Boil 60 min 47.6 100%
1.30 oz / 0.00
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Start Temp Target Temp Time
Batch Sparge -- 150 °F 60 min
Batch Sparge -- 150 °F 60 min
Starting Mash Thickness: 1.5 qt/lb
Omega Yeast Labs - HotHead Ale OYL-057
1 Each
Attenuation (custom):
Medium High
Optimum Temp:
62 - 98 °F
Fermentation Temp:
Pitch Rate:
0.35 (M cells / ml / ° P) 192 B cells required
0.00 Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
CO2 Level: 2.75 Volumes
Target Water Profile
Balanced Profile
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
0 0 0 0 0 0
Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator

FG 1.036 (cold sample)
appears the starter wasnt necessary and didnt do anything anyway. Hit an official 10%
SG 1.036 - made a 2x starter from a new hothead pack and tossed half of it into the batch.
SG 1.041
SG 1.045 fermented like crazy the first couple days just off the kveik pack no starter.
brew day. Idk what just happened I hit 1.112 and high volume really, couldnt tell exact because of the foam but maybe it was only 5. I guess eff prob goes up if u add a lot of DME. This could be disaster or awesome
just changing the batch size from 6.5 down to 5.5 and taking the 2row down from 15lb to 12lb to still arrive at 10%. considering using kviek yeast for this....

revamping this for another attempt. shamefully adding dme and predicting over 70 eff to land at 10%. other than that no real changes. worried it might be too bitter hoppy? would like to NOT split the batch and just do 2 vanilla beans. bourbon oak would be nice but i feel that the failure of the last batch was from trying to do too much at once.
brewed this on the road, came out with more than 6 gallons at 1.080 which was a mistake shouldve boiled longer. also used some old hops which may be putting off strange flavors.

base recipe is Stone RIS clone found in byo magazine. recipe is scant, and doesnt really add up : . posted recipe is for 65% efficiency so actually less efficient than my system but i added a pound more base malt anyway to try to get over 10%abv. yeast is a little unclear wlp002 listed 65-70% attenuation so we will have to be perfect and hit 70% to get over 10%abv. but then this amounts to 1030 FG, recipe is listed at 1020. could use wlp007 english dry ale if hittin FG was a concern but i think extra sweetness in this beer is going to be ok.

==========MISC NOTES=============
mona lisa stout

austin homebrew
1/4oz bitter
1/2oz sweet
fresh orange peel and juice
(essentially a whole orange)

4oz bakers unsweetened chocolate
2 medium oranges
take off the skins but not too much pith
they soak skins in 1/2 cup vodka, adding allof it
maybe use a thin glass so the vodka covers more

final thoughts
use the brewers peel sweet and bitter, soak in vodka with vanilla bean
use thin glass
add the whole thing
optional : plus the orange juice

austin homebrew
cherry flavoring

frozen sour cherries

cherry juice concentrate
might be better in reducing sugar and other flavors....

final stand
a) i guess prob just use frozen cherries. not sour! sweet/dark any other kind than sour
b) cherry juice concentrate? how sour?
Dark cherries. Aha recipe calls for 5 to 10 lb per 10 gal batch. I think I will go with 5. For split batch 3.333

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  • Last Updated: 2020-11-02 19:46 UTC
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