Spent yesterday brewing my first all grain batch and 5th batch overall.
I don't think things could have went any smoother. Mash and sparge went so well I constantly thought I must be forgetting something. All of my virgin equipment worked so much better than I could have imagined. It was a 90 Min Clone recipe and my first time using liquid yeast. Only missed my OG by onw point ( should be 1.084 i got 1.083). 16 hours after pitching and this thing is goin nuts and have SWMBO watching it in case I need to run home from work and attach a blow off tube.
I loved it. I will probably never do extract again. It didn't seem like a longer brew day. Started about 10am and pitched yeast at 2:45. I must have went over it in my head for a month before I did it. Did a dry run with my gear to oxidize my aluminum pot. Go for it!
Congrats on your your first AG. I just finished my 2nd AG last weekend. Hit all my temps and OG perfectly. My 1st AG was a simple blonde ale and the recipe was based on 75% efficiency and I hit 83% with batch sparging. I'm enjoying a few pints of that brew now off the keg which ended up at 7% ABV! My 2nd batch was based on 80% and I hit 82% so this batch should be more in line with what I expected. It's a SNPA clone. I'm finding it's taking about 5.5 to 6 hours to do all grain from start to finish including setup and cleaning up all the equipment afterwards. It's totally worth it though after tasting these brews.