Used two of my vacuum tumbler canisters.
One batch is spicy one batch is not.
I like my pickles a little stronger, so 5 days was good for me.
Sounds like a good start.
It took me quite a few batches to get the recipe to where I wanted it.
Also make sure you store them in the brine & they will continue to pick up more flavor.
If you notice the recipe calls for alum, that does the same thing & is cheaper.
Also you need to start with pickling cukes that are hard to begin with.
Pickle Crisp is Jarden's fancy name for food grade Calcium Chloride. Calcium chloride can be purchased cheaper than "Pickle Crisp".