Worth dumping trub/hops from conical, just before racking?

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Hi all,

Just finishing my 1st NEIPA and—being new to my Spike CF10 (and conicals, in general)—I didn't dump the trub until kegging day. Lesson learned. For today, is there any point in dumping the trub and dry hops?

Since I'm not collecting yeast and my CF10 has a racking arm to pivot and keep above the junk, it seems like a waste to dump the trub/hops, drawing perfectly good beer into the sight glass & 90-degree elbow's dead-space, which I won't be able to collect.

Thanks for your advice/expertise!
 

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Typically, I would dump yeast after dropping temps from 65ishF from fermentation to 53F for dry hopping. I do not wish the yeast to interfere with the dry hops.

After dry hopping, I would also pull the hops and what other yeast matter may have settled. I would then draw the beer out from the racking arm. This would result, to me, a cleaner tasting beer.
 
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Typically, I would dump yeast after dropping temps from 65ishF from fermentation to 53F for dry hopping. I do not wish the yeast to interfere with the dry hops...
Cheers, Wayne1, and that's what I'll do in future.

As stated above, for this question I'm beyond that and am at kegging day (mistake made, lesson later learned, and trying to best proceed from where things are at). Do you have any insights on my current situation? Thanks again!
 

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Start with your racking arm pointing up. Let any trub that has accumulated in the arm drain out. Start transferring clear beer to your keg. Slowly turn the racking arm down to the bottom of the fermenter. Stop when you see turbid beer flowing through. It does help to have a sight glass between the racking arm and the hose.

Good luck!
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Thanks so much, Wayne1!
I'll leave the trub in until after racking and give this a go.
Happy brewing!
 

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Best practice for highly hopped beer:

After fermentation cool to 55/60, wait 24 hours. Slowly remove yeast whether you’re reusing it or not.

Dry hop below 60.

After 2 days dump hops and start cooling

Slowly remove more hops as you’re cooling. One or two more times.

Cold condition for 4-6 days as cold as you can.

Adjust racking arm as necessary.
 
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