The instructions actually say to keep it under 160F. Kit came from Listermann in Cincinnati, so I'm hoping they know their stuff and have a high enough turnover that everything's good.
Another question (I keep coming up with these...)
The instructions do say to dump the dry yeast (I only got one packet...) directly on the cooled wort. Should I follow these, or am I better off rehydrating the yeast first?
Dan Listermann knows his stuff and has been putting out kits for a long time. His direction s should be good.
He's correct about not rehydrating the yeast. It's just not needed. The reason he says not to is that so many of his customers were rehydrating at too high a temp and killing the yeast that he discovered it's easier to just not do it. Based on his experience, as well as my own and that of many others, I say skip it.