Welcome Darla , you will find lots of good info here and people willing to share their knowledge.
As for a failed Farmhouse Cheddar , don't sweat it , I've found Farmhouse Cheddars to be very hit and miss , especially if it is made from the recipe in Ricki Carrolls book.
Spend the extra time and make a proper Cheddar , they always turn out better in my opinion.
Gouda as well , in my opinion is one of the easier cheeses to make , and usually turn out very edible if not wonderful.
Again , welcome.