Hey supevman, thanks for the information. I actually had seen your post here and thought that your recipe/method sounded pretty good.
I didn't have any rye bread around so I stuck with my original plans. This is atually my very first time giving this a try. I was just usung a recipe out of a canning book Ball put out. They call these Deli Dills. I will have to see how this goes and maybe look to give your method a try on the next.
They do seem to be starting a little fermentation already. I thought I saw/heard a bubble or two.... I do have an inverted plate on top and have them weighted down. I actually took a pic of that as well, but didn't post it. I showed my wife my pics (she was working when I started this process) and she said "you're such a geek." Fine, don't eat my pickles then!