I love how Austin Homebrew has their recipe kits set up -- you can order the same kit for Extract, Mini-mash, or All Grain (Milled or Unmilled). That's awesome for a newbie, because I could potentially order the same kit two or three ways and make them in parallel, offering a great way to see what the differences are.
As a simple example, here is their Bell's Oberon Clone:
Extract: 8 lbs. Liquid Malt Extract, 1 lb. Base Grains.
Mini Mash: 6 lbs. Liquid Malt Extract, 3.5 lbs. Base Grains.
As a second example, here is what they have for their "Pliny The Elder" clone:
Extract: 9 lb Liquid Malt Extract, 1 lb Corn Sugar, 0.5 lb Base Grains, 1.13 lb Specialty Grains.
Mini Mash: 7 lb Liquid Malt Extract, 1 lb Corn Sugar, 1.75 lb Base Grains, 1.13 lb Specialty Grains.
So, if I understand correctly, the only difference in brewing is that when I do the mini-mash I'd have to steep the additional grains in the mini-mash recipe.
1) is that correct?
2) what should I expect in terms of differences in taste and texture of the resulting beer?
Here's the link to the actual pages: