Has anyone picked up one of there "Mini Mashes"? With my new AG/PG equipment I want to make sure I'm buying the right thing... dont want to get steeping stuff in the mail on its way to me.
I have done 3 Mini Mash kits from Austin Homebrew. As mentioned above they are partial mashes which are "steeped" longer to add some fermentables from grain. I believe this is typical of all partial grain kits. It is not "mashing" in the sense of the word that you use a mash/lauder tun like you would in All Grain.
My last batch was an altered Mini Mash kit that I replaced more of the extract and added a couple of more pounds of grain. This gave me a total of 5 lbs of grain which was enough to do in a mash/lauder tun I made from a igloo cooler. I called this a "Partial Extract" as a step toward doing my first all grain. ( I suspect this is more what you had in mind for your new equipment)
In theory you could "mash" a Mini Mash or Partial Mash kit by making a mash/lauder tun with a smaller cooler. It would need to be smaller in diameter to get to an effective grain depth but that would seem to be a lot of work and my solution was to add enough grains to do a "partial mash" on my way to all grain.
I will be doing my first all grain next.
All that said, the above information is my opinion with much of it based on what I have read and some by experience. It is worth ever penny you have just paid for it.
edit: By the way, my first Mini Mash I did from AHS was a recipe for Southern Brown Ale and it is fantastic. If you like any of the brown ales, this is a great one. It is in there own recipe section.