I'm trying to stay calm. I really am. But my first attempt at a corned beef recipe - which called for not one, but two 8-hour rounds in the crock pot - has rendered the former 3 lb. Irish brisket into a hunk of meat the size of a small shoe. I've got 5 more hours to go and I fear the beef will simply disappear in the slow cooker. I hope the hubs remembers the Guinness.