Mostly extract/kit based or partial mash. Just recently got into all grain brewing, and I admit at first I was a little daunted. It is a lot easier than some of the "hard core" mashers make it out to be though, and doesn't need to be anywhere near as technical as some people think. Only worth it if you have enough time on your hands though, as it isn't something that should be rushed.
Pete - you're spot on in relation to grain brewing and complexity. If you can cook from base ingredients you can brew from grain.
I brew from grain - enjoy the process as much as the result . If I was subject to greater time constraints I'd probably brew from extract + specialty + fresh hops. - and if I had even less time I'd probably brew from ESB fresh wort kits - and if I didn't have enough time to pour a wort kit into a fermenter then I reckon I might just as well pickup a carton from my bottleshop.
I did 20 kit and modified kit brews before getting into all grain...i don't think i could go back to making a kit beer.....the tastes that you can get from an all grain make it worth the time involved in brewing.
Reg grumpy are great i love the boston cream .
I used to use brewcraft and i thought they were good but grumpys are better.
grumpys therought their web site and forum have help me a lot in my brewing and if it wasnt for them iwould not entertain doing partial mashes as they take out the techinical rubbish and make seem easy and they will be helping me in that and maybee later i do a all grain brew.
Plus i have lots of phome calls to grumpys and they have always wiling to take give advice and help.I hear to that if you take your brew their they will have chat to see how u can improve.I learnt more from grumpys than any other hs
Give Tom at Jovial Monk a call. Hes bragged that he has a better range of grain than grumpys. Also, he stocks various imported plug (not pellet) hops, which grumpys dont. Hes got styrian goldings, fuggles (uk), cascade (uz), saaz (czech) and at times has tasmanian goldings flowers (whole) in stock).
I must admit I do like the spend over $100 and its free postage deal at grumpys though. And their kits seem to be pretty good.