I'm pretty much a yeast washing newbie. And by yeast washing, I don't mean the acid washing or anything, just boiled, then cooled water. I've read a lot online and washed my last two batches (Wyeast Irish Ale - 1084) with some success, but am having issues with my current batch using WLP002 (Fuller's English Ale strain). The issue I'm having is that it won't separate at all, maybe just thin layer of liquid on top (not the yeast color I have seen from the Irish Ale yeast). My procedure is as follows:
1 - Leave a small amount of beer in the primary, swirl, dump in sanitized jars
2 - Store in fridge for a day or so
3 - Boil water in Erlenmeyer flask, stuff in fridge for the day to cool
4 - Pull out jar-o-slurry, decant beer, let warm to room temp
4 - Pour cold water into slurry (replacing what was beer), shake a few times
5 - Wait 1/2 hour to hour
I followed that procedure with the Irish Ale yeast, everything went fine. With the WLP002, I had really no separation. I thought maybe I didn't have enough cold water. It was at maybe a 12 oz slurry to 3-4 oz cold water ratio. So I thought I would try it again, with about 22 oz slurry and 10 oz cold water. Still no separation.
Is there something wrong with my process? My thought is now that maybe there's something about this yeast that doesn't separate as well? Maybe I need some more shaking or something to break up the clumps?
Thanks for the help!