Good morning Panther Dad and welcome to the forum. Great advice you have received so far.
Just a question as to why you are starting with a provolone? It is not one of the easier cheese to start with, that all. I was wondering if maybe you should start with a simpler softer cheese, and understand the curd, and how it reacts, before launching into what you are trying.
Anyway, what ever cheese you decided to try again, would love to hear how thing went. Hope you get a good curd set this time.