OK: The first low-tech batch came out of the carboy today. So far, so good. Looks and smells like beer.
What I did today was to make the first real attempt at recycling yeast. Did an all-grain wort yesterday. (8 lbs of 2-row, 2 lbs 120L Crystal malt, 3 oz northern brewer Hops). Let it cool overnight in the pot and poured it right onto the yeast from the bottom of the last batch.
Whew! 45 minutes later the yeast is rockin' I think that I'll get the blow off within 4-6 hours. Cool.