Both are about the same amount of time/work, but AG requires some equipment beyond what extract or PM brewing requires: most notably, a kettle large enough to boil 7 gallons or so, a wort chiller to chill it quickly, and a mash tun/alutering system of some sort.
The reason some homebrewers do partial mashes is that there are many grains that don't really contribute anything to an extract beer if just steeped--they need to be mashed with some amount of a base malt like 2-row malt in order for their sugars and flavor contributions to be extracted.
So PM brewing opens up the many more possible grains available to the AG brewer, without some of the expensive equipment required.
BTW, partial-mash is *not* the same thing as extract w/steeping grains. That seems to cause some confusion here sometimes.
Bottle conditioning: Robust Porter
Drinking: Saison Dupont clone, tripel
Coming soon: Columbus APA, Rich Red ale
Last edited by cweston; 05-08-2006 at 05:43 PM.