Thanks for the helpful inputs, Todd. Mine is not on a trailer, but I have FatBoy and go through my fair share of pig and cow each summer, so it looks like we have something else in common
What you have described is exactly where I am with my system build - full step-by-step sequence with the planned plumbing configuration so I can simulate each required reconfiguration in advance.
I'm thinking it will be set up for one configuration that gets me all the way to lautered/sparged wort into the brew kettle (reconfiguring valves, of course). So now I have to figure out the cleaning sequence for the plate chiller and filter, how to reconfigure them into the plumbing, and the in-place sanitizing sequence prior to flame out and chilling. Another brewer is sanitizing in place with near-boiling liquor from the HLT and I am going to try to do something similar. So the reconfiguration sequence after sparge and before chill would be something like:
1/ break down mash plumbing, rinse and clean plate chiller and in-line filter
2/reconnect to pump and plumbing for chilling configuration (still debating between filter-after-pump configuration and filter-before pump configuration - will hopefully have the flexibility to try both...
3/ sanitize-in-place using near-boiling liquor from HLT
4/ begin recirculation / whirlpool (bypassing filter and chiller)
5/ let trub cone settle as needed and then begin chilling through trub filter and plate chiller
you know way more about this stuff than me, so if you see anything in this idea that you think would be a problem, I'd appreciate that input before I invest in all of the equipment...
On connectors, I appreciate the heads-up about having spare gaskets on hand. I am planning to use CAM-locks everywhere except the few places I will have to use tri-clover because of equipment requirements (the in-line filter only supports tri-clover, and using an adaptor to go from tri-clover to CAMlock seems silly).
I think that if I plan on reconfiguring the plumbing halfway through the boil, all of the mash plumbing should have cooled enough that switching a few hoses around should be pretty easy to manage...
What solution do you use to redirect the hot wort into the fermentation vessel, how to you sterilize whatever tubing is used for that, and what solution are you using for aerating the cooled wort?