Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit.......it worked !! I had no expectation for this first batch, I figured opening the crock would reveal one of three things - mold, dried up cabbage, or kraut. They weren't kidding, the crock is amazing and the kraut is delicious. Startin' a new batch this week and in the meantime will enjoy dining on the 12 small jars in the fridge. And if I really truly love you, I'll share.