Hmm maybe tart is a better word lol. Not sure. It smells similar to the wort before I put it in the container so I guess it's normalYou're asking if it's normal for a container of wort to give off a beer-like smell? Heh... What do you mean by "funky" though? Mine always have a nice tart hoppy smell that hopefully stinks up the whole dining room
Here's hoping I did everything right!Congratulations!!!
I remember the excitement of my first batch. The anticipation was unbearable.
As long as your cleanliness and sanitation practices were good, you have nothing to worry about. Remember, cleanliness/sanitation is the single most important step in making beer. Everything else comes with education, experience and experimentation.
There have been issues with Notty, true -- but if you keep your temps low it should be fine. I used Notty for my BM Centennial Blonde, and since I kept the fermenter in water with ice bottles floating for the first week I expect no issues.