As Monghetti ventured, what you are doing is called extract brewing with steeping grains. The real difference between the three main types of brewing (extract, partial mash, all grain) are where the fermentables come from. In extract brewing, even with specialty grains, the fermentable sugars are coming from the extract. In partial mash brewing, most of them come from the extract but some also come from the grains. In all grain... well, I'm sure you can guess.The kit that I got from Midwest Supplies has extract and a bag of grains, that means I do a partial mash. I thought what I was doing was just called extract. Thanks.
You can crew up a partial mash and still end up with a great beerLooking at it a learning experience though, will benefit much from partial mash, or would it be better to go to all grain right away?