Just a quick cheese update at the end of March, sorry no photos... believe me, you didn't want to see it! Unfortunately, I had to toss the brie. There was a little fruit fly infestation. It's a good thing they only like brie, because that's the only cheese box they got into. I think they were initially drawn in by the beer, but then found the moist brie. Darn!!! As I was tossing them, I decided to cut into one just to see what the consistency was like - it looked just like a brie should. I think they would have been great. They might have still been okay, but I just didn't like the thought of the fact that there were some flies in there. Oh well, next time! At least I know the schedule for the brie works for me and that I need to create a better/safer aging environment.
Meanwhile, the manchego and blue seem to be doing okay. No fruit flies in their boxes. The manchego is still keeping the mold at bay... and at this point, I'm sure the skin has developed enough where I wouldn't be too concerned about some mold anyway.