A hop cannon is different to a DE filter. It does have a candle like some DE filters. However, the candle is used to stop hop pellets from going into the beer tank (usually fermentation vessel) from the hop cannon.
In a filter the candle(s) are for the DE to settle on, plus capture the yeast and sediment from the beer when travelling via the filter to the bright beer tank.
Well you still have to check the pressure of the hop cannon through the run. There is a pressure gauge on all hop cannons. They measure the internal pressure of the hop cannon.
Anytime, your ferment beer you will get CO2. So, when you run the hop cannon, you get some CO2 breakout.
Plus, as your running the beer through hop cannon, there may be some build up on the candle from yeast/sediment. Which is one of the main hop cannon issues to look out for.
It is similar to a DE filter, pressure builds when the candle is blocked. So, you keep an eye on it.
Before you use a hop cannon, best practice is to have evacuated yeast and sediment beforehand.
Also, you want a lot of turbulence, so, with a well-designed hop cannon and good practices, build up should not be an issue.
Most hop cannons have a pressure relief valve. So, if pressure goes too high (30+ PSI) it will open the pressure relief, spraying beer everywhere…not good Victor!
That's why you need someone supervising the cannon at all times (in and around the cellar during the run).
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