Thanks for the advice. Of course, I could have saved myself a lot of trouble by reading the directions thoroughly before starting, in which case I would have waited until cooler weather for this batch. There was a small bit of activity going on this morning, so I decided to hold steady with where I am, but my rec room fridge is too small to hold the 6.5 gallon fermenter. Luckily for me, the wife attended a bachelorette party last night, so her late slumber allowed me to make room in the garage fridge. Pray for my soul when she finds out. I put it on the highest setting and will check the temp later. Once I transfer to the secondary fermenter, it should fit back in the small fridge where I can slowly lower the temp as the recipe instructs.
Wish me luck and thanks again.
By the way, is it "fermentor" https://www.northernbrewer.com/collections/carboys-jugs/products/sovereign
or "fermenter" https://www.northernbrewer.com/collections/carboys-jugs/products/grainfather-conical-fermenter
Even Northern Brewer can't seem to decide.