Thanks folks. I did plow ahead in order to use the cucumbers at peak. I used Sandor's brine measurements along with a garlic dill barrel pickle recipe I found in an old Jewish cookbook. I didn't use the whey (although I have some in the freezer from my last cheese creation), but I will probably use it next time to see if I notice a difference. I only regret not throwing in a few hot pepper flakes. Unlike the jar methods (which I have never had any luck with pickles), I don't open the Harsch until I feel the veggies are "ready".
I'll let you know how it worked out in a few weeks.