I have to chime in. I have a buddy who has a fancy tier sculpture with pumps and counterflow chiller that he made and constructed by himself and his brew day takes about 6-8 hours. His beer tastes great. I use the Denny / batch sparge method and my brew day takes about 5 hours. I think my beer tastes great. To each their own. I'm just glad that I found this cheaper (and in my opinion simpler) method of all-grain brewing which I believe produces equal results because i was reluctant to get into all-grain thinking I had to spend thousands of $ for new equipment. Denny states this better in the last Zymurgy issue, but anyway thanks Denny for helping this guy take baby steps in equipment upgrades and giant leaps in beer quality.
I enjoy good English Ales and I made 4 over the winter that turned out nice. I think it can be very difficult to get a 3.8%-5% beer just right. I think I have ADD when it comes to beer because I am constantly changing from one style to another.
My beer has tasted better since I went all-grain. I attribute this to more non-fermentables in extract. My extract FG's were always around 1.020 and when I switched to all-grain my FG's are around 1.010. I still have a lot to learn and I that's what I love about this hobby.