I have always assumed, I think stupidly now, that when you guys mentioned partial boils you meant that you boiled the wort in 3 gal water, for example, and then added 2 gal of unboiled tap water.
You don't mean that do you?!?
I now have a boil pot that will hold roughly ten gallons, so would I be better off boiling the wort in a 5 gallon batch (for a 5 gallon brew) so that I boil everything at once?
I previously have boiled all my water, but what I did was boil 2 gallons and stick it in the fermenter, before boiling the wort in 3 gallons and adding that on top... I have never been sure what difference diluting the wort made and simply went by some recipe instructions I have.
Does anyone recommend investing in some kind of aeration device as the water will have less oxygen? For my current brew, which is in secondary, I just shook the fermenter for 10 mins before pitching the yeast and the gravity has come down from 1.045 to 1.008. Can anyone explain what benefits I might see by aerating the wort with some other device, eg aquariam pump?