I brewed my first extract batch in awhile yesterday (5.5 gal Great Lakes Christmas Ale clone), and I feel I may have cooled it too much. I got 2.5 gallons of the concentrated wort down to about 98deg, then mixed with 3 gallons of cool filtered water, probably about 45 degrees. The brilliant man that I am, I didn't take a temperature of the combind wort. However, if my mathematics figerrin' is right, thats about 68.4 degrees average temp based on the proportions.
As I need this to ferment relatively quickly and it turned out even bigger than expected (OG of 1.095), I pitched 2 vials of WLP002 and put it in my basement, with an ambient temp of about 65 degrees. My wife said it was bubbling this morning, but not vigorously (I have heard of multiple airlock blows with this beer). I'm trying to get a vigorous and quick primary fermentation on this one, so I can move it to a secondary with the requisite spices and have it in the bottles before xmas.
Should I move to a warmer area of the house? I usually keep my thermostat at about 67-70 degrees. Any thoughts would be appreciated!