In 2 quarts of water, usually no more than about 3/4 cup of salt. Plus bay leaves, cloves, peppercorns, garlic, allspice, brown sugar, and saltpeter.
Mix: 10 ounces of sugar;
2 1/2 ounces of sodium nitrate;
3 pounds of salt;
3 level teaspoons of pepper;
1 level teaspoon of ground cloves;
6 bay leaves;
12 level teaspoons of mixed pickling spice;
If you care for garlic, mince 4 garlic cloves.
Then add water to make 6-gallons of brine.
You can make corned beef using this recipe:
To 4 gallons of boiling water add:
1 1/2 pounds kosher salt
1 pound dark brown sugar
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 sprig thyme
10 juniper berries
10 crushed peppercorns
1 tablespoon baking soda
5 cloves garlic
Stir it up real good, then add: 5 pound beef