Today I racked my 4th try at 'Down at the Delta ESB' into its final destination, a 5 gallon corny keg. I have been working on this recipe for months, ever since I happened to have the pleasure of trying, Dry Dock Brewing's H.M.S. Victory ESB, and I think I have it down. It is; however, different from Dry Dock's ESB since I exclusively use only Delta hops and also use Victory malt instead of Amber malt. I have also toyed around with the yeast. This last go-round I used Burton Ale yeast, WLP023.
I think this yeast is excellent, very aggressive. Today, in the keg, I read 6 2/3 brix on my refractometer which puts this ESB at 6% ABV. The original gravity was 1.055 and corrected gravity 1.009 making this my driest ESB.
This was also my first attempt at dry hopping. I used 1/2 ounce of whole hops and I have no idea what the fuss is about getting hops out of the carboy. I think the hops acted like a filter keeping sediment out of the auto-siphon.
Now is the painful issue of waiting for carbonation.