Update 1/9/18- So I have tasted all these batches freshly made and I think the sweet spot is a combo of the first batch and the sixth batch, but will wait to judge and do new modifications until they have rested for two weeks. Sixth was awesome, but needs a little pick up from the first recipe.
Played around with a sauce I've been formulating in my head. It's a steak sauce and the first two recipes tasted great, but are not what I want. I will do three other recipes tomorrow and up this date then. I will give them all a retry in two weeks since I'm canning them to see how they develop in the jar.