I was pleasantly surprised with this recipe because it had so few ingredients. I was searching for a new recipe that used beer instead of my usual recipe with red wine and this was perfect. Time is your friend with this recipe. The beef needs to braise for at least 2.5 hours, maybe longer. I used 1 1/2# of beef and did not decrease the liquid amounts. I only use 2 cups broth out of the suggested 4 cups, so you may want to hold off on adding all of it at once. Just keep checking while it simmers and add more as needed along the way. It's a winner.