Just a little update for those who are interested. I am fortunate to have a smaller chest freezer (roughly 5cb ft) for cold crashing and hopefully lagering soon) and a larger 8footer. With that, I have to Ink bird temp controllers. One of them I purchased over the summer, while the other I just got no more than 2 months ago. I decided to swap them and crank the heat up to 71. I also gave the bucket a gentle swirl. It took off for 24 hours much like an active fermentation would look like. I will take a hydrometer reading tonight since it would of been over 48 hours since my last reading. I also need to look at a more "accurate" way of taking temp for the controller. I currently have a heavy duty paper towel that is folded up to about the size of half of a dollar bill, duck taped around the edges while leaving just enough room to slide in the temp probe. Any better suggestions?
I use a combination of 1/2" foam pad, 1" thick styrofoam, and a bungee cord to hold the temperature probe to the side of the fermentor. The styrofoam has a narrow channel cut into it to protect the probe from excess pressure exerted by the bungee cord. The piece of foam padding is against the carboy with the more rigid styrofoam completing the seal from the temperature of the ambient air.