First upgrade, a real thermometer. Next batch, keep the lid closed.
I'm sure you are doing as well as most on our first batchs. It'll be the best beer in the world, so far.
So far, I've had more experience thinking than I've had brewing....you don't think they are mutually exclusive, do you?
72 batches so far,
48 wine, mostly Loquat, peach, plum, prickly pear
23 beers and ciders
1 Tequila, from a prickly pear wine experiment that didn't work. I call it "Prickly Heat"