After 4 extract and 2 partial mash batches went really well I stepped up to AG. Thanks to all the info here the transition and DIY equipment setup was a snap.
My first AG batch was last night and went really well, an IPA with a grain bill loosely based on the Bee house IPA, only bittered with Magnum and decided to try out the HBC 342 hops.. Hit my mash temps, had to increase volume by .5g to raise the temp a bit but overall no snags and (if I did the numbers right) my BHE was right at 80% and the OG of 1.075.
Fermentor is bubbling away and i am excited to taste my first AG Batch.
I am going to do my second batch this weekend and use the exact same grain bill and see if I can do things a little better in the mash or at least have consistency. I think with how cold it is in my garage I need to raise my strike temp a little and also I am going to put the grains in the house for a day so they are not so cold when I dough in.
Again thanks for all the help and info from all the posts!