Originally Posted by fold4once
Hmmm... I guess I lack confidence. Still enjoying the simplicity of extract + specialty grains after about 5 batches. To each his own I suppose.
I guess I differ from the others, because I'd advise a first-timer to just use a pot they'd be ok cooking a giant-ass batch of chili in and go partial boil extract. Just cook up a batch of beer first and see if you're even interested in turning what is essentially boiling soup into ~50 bottles of beer over a couple weeks' time. With the quality of extract, yeast, and maybe most importantly, internet tips, a partial boil extract batch can come out pretty good these days. So dip your toes in before buying a $150 pot that you can't use for anything other than a shrimp boil should you not like brewing. The low barrier to entry is one of the great things about this hobby, let's not just discard it.
That being said, for those that do like it and are brewing extract, going all grain is one of those things where you'll look back and say, "What was I so intimidated about?" For me, I remember my first batch and how paranoid I was about following the kit instructions to a T. By my last extract batch, I couldn't believe I was so worried about messing up an extract batch, but was really worried about messing up my first planned all grain batch. By my third all grain, I couldn't believe I was worried at all.