Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer
A pre-wet is advised to temper the drum and film to 100 F. It causes no problem and helps a lot. I have run lots of film this way for over 20 years. It works on the type of retention.
PE, I temper the drum and film dry, and it's never caused me a problem. They both get up to 100F in 10 mins or so.

I'm not questioning your expertise (you are without a doubt one of APUG's most important contributors) but have you tried without the tempering wet bath?