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Robyn’s Revenge – A winning ale

We My wife likes to foster dogs from the DSPCA. A worthy cause you would say, so would I but after a while these little puppies start to grow attached to you, or you to them. I went through a phase of making beers and naming them after these little puppies. Robyn’s Revenge was born when this little girl came home one Friday.


She can see into your soul.

She was a little darling and had no problem being re-homed. So once she was gone I needed my brewing fix and named a pale ale after her. This pale ale went on to be entered in the Twisted Pepper Homebrew Competition. It did rather well. It was awarded first prize by the judges and was voted best beer in the public vote. They couldn’t award me all the prizes so I took home the homebrew cup and a beer hamper. As the beers were tasted by the judges,  the audience were given a shot of each beer and were asked to mark each out of 10.  It was a nice competition and everyone who turned up enjoyed the night and the fact that the audience got to vote on a winner was a nice touch.


Me with the victory cup, and Padraic Ó Conghaile, later in the Porterhouse

The competition made headline news on the National Homebrew Club website. Here is the winning recipe. The dry hopped version won the prize.


Robin’s revenge

10-A American Pale Ale

Author: rossa

Date: 17/07/2012

BeerTools Pro Color Graphic

Size: 40.0 L @ 20 °C

Efficiency: 75%

Attenuation: 75.0%

Calories: 139.08 kcal per 12.0 fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.042 (1.045 – 1.060)


Terminal Gravity: 1.010 (1.010 – 1.015)


Color: 18.05 (9.85 – 27.58)


Alcohol: 4.11% (4.5% – 6.0%)


Bitterness: 40.7 (30.0 – 45.0)



4.5 kg (60.4%) Pale Ale Malt – added during mash

2.0 kg (26.8%) Munich Malt – added during mash

0.5 kg (6.7%) Wheat Malt – added during mash

0.250 kg (3.4%) Crystal 55 – added during mash

0.2 kg (2.7%) Light Brown Sugar – added during boil

20 g (8.8%) Chinook (11.0%) – added during boil, boiled 60 m

20 g (8.8%) Cascade (7.8%) – added during boil, boiled 60 m

20 g (8.8%) Chinook (11.0%) – added during boil, boiled 10 m

60 g (26.4%) Cascade (7.8%) – added during boil, boiled 10 m

40 g (17.6%) Cascade (7.8%) – steeped after boil

2.0 ea Fermentis US-05 Safale US-05

52 g (22.9%) Cascade (7.8%) – added dry to secondary fermenter

15 g (6.6%) Cascade (7.8%) – added dry to secondary fermenter


1 large teaspoon of epsom to mash same to boil plus 3g salt.

25l mash @ 67c. 2 hour mash.
27l Sparge at 80c. 47l collected. 40l boil. added 3l at 30 mins, rest at 0 mins.
2 fv used.
1st straight in
2nd in tea strainer
3rd in hop bag.
Pump used to recirculate with immersion chiller.

Dry hopped half of it – one addition for 7 days and another for 3.
Kegged both.
52g dry hop in one fv with finings – cascade.

Second fv received no dry hopping.
Results generated by BeerTools Pro 1.5.24


2 comments on “Robyn’s Revenge – A winning ale

  1. Maggie Winter
    December 4, 2012

    Congratulations Rossa! (But that seems like a shitload of ingredients and a huge amount of work for a glass of beer) Congratulations again!!!!!

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