Hey all. So this batch has been a lot of firsts for me. I am making my first Belgian Dubbel (yay!). I did my first full volume boil (yay!). I am also trying to get better control over the temperature by using a big tub full of cold water and some floating frozen milk jugs. I used two packets of Wyeast 3787.
Here is my problem:
It was taking a really long time to cool my wort to pitching temp, so I put it in my spare room, opened the windows, filled up a tub with cold water and a couple frozen mil jugs, and put my 6.5 gallon glass carboy in there. It was taking forever to get down to pitching temp (I wanted to pitch at like 65 and let it warm to a steady 70ish). So, I got lazy and pitched at like 75, and left it in the "cooler" overnight thinking that fermentation would kick off and it would stabilize at the right temp. However, when I woke up this morning the temperature had dropped to the mid fifties (duh!). I closed the window and took it out of the "cooler."
It is starting to warm up, however the yeast has all fallen to the bottom of the fermenter. As it warms, and gets closer to the ideal temp for the yeast (65F), I was thinking about gently rocking it to stir up the yeast. I figure if I don't splash it I won't be adding too much oxygen to the wort. Any thoughts on this?
I would appreciate any help that you can give me. Thanks all.