Dr_Pain You have to add that special ingredient. I am still on the trail to duplicate my great grandmothers pickles and and kraut. She never used a measuring cup, just her hands. It has been an interesting journey, close, but no cigar.
I will never be able to 100% reproduce mine because she grew her own vegs and that was in Northern Quebec which is completely different than South Louisiana (soil, himidity, temp, water etc…)