So the wheel is out of the mold. It had an odd smell, well not odd but ripened cheese smell, it's very hard to describe almost like a type of body odor, but not sour, and not the smell milk has when it goes bad, it might be normal and I don't remember or did notice before as my other batches were only 5 gallon not 15. Here are before and after pics of the smoothing. It's in the cave now and the beer bottle makes it look small but it's 16 pounds. It was not as compact as others I have made, mainly because the curds are more springy.