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On the ECA, I'd use for the recipe above (2.5 lbs) this much: 0.15 ounces (4.2g) up to 0.3 ounces (8.5g).
I'd be more comfortable adding less (0.15oz) than the max. ECA is not as forgiving as fermento if one overdoes it. It can ruin the final product if one is heavy-handed. I know from 1st-hand experience...
The ECA I use is recommended at 1.5oz per 25lbs of meat.
What you got is regular powdered CA. You can use it in sausage but you have to know the exact amount to use or the CA will make the meat turn white and mushy as it starts to work immediately unlike ECA where it starts to work at a temp of 130*
ECA can be bought at just about every BassProShop or Gander Mountain. Sausage Maker, Allied Kenco, Butcher Packer, LEM
I add ECA at 1 tsp per pound of meat.
Sausages will 'fat out' if they hit the melting point. This generally can occur as one approaches the 200°F mark for an extended period. To finish most of my sausages, I rarely go above 170°F but will crank up the smoker to 180-185F°—usually the last 20-30 minutes of a cook. The key is you don't want sausages in the 190°F plus range for an extended period (long cook) or you'll likely see pools of fat in your smoker, indicative of fat-rendering. There is very little fat loss between 150 - 190°F