Originally Posted by 431brew
I am only going to try a 2.5 gal batch to make sure I like it before I go full batch. I could probably swing a partial mash for this using info from this site and from my books, don't you think? If I screw it up, it will only be 2.5 gals!
Sure a partial mash is not much more complicated than steeping grains.
Still I would recommend making a full 5gal batch. If you can make an extract + grains 5gal batch you can make a partial mash 5gal batch. And 2.5 gallons goes much too fast.
I try to keep beers from several batches available in my store room and I always find myself looking for the second case of a good batch only to realize I am just finishing the second case. I've never really found myself wishing I had made less of beer.