Oh, gee! TPP really messed up this time! Some things take time; they can't be done over night or even in a week. Somehow February just disappeared before doing all the things you're supposed to do in that month, and what's really strange about this is that the Phactors did a lot of cooking, but somehow this just escaped my notice. But now St. Patrick's Day is looming and TPP did not corn a brisket! It's terrible when you cannot follow your own advice! This is not a process to be rushed; the results would be disappointing, so it's truly too late. You have no idea how annoying this is because this recipe makes damned good corned beef. The dreams of sandwiches piled high with corned beef and sauerkraut will remain unfulfilled. And of course the ladies in TPP's life are all Irish so perhaps you can imagine their disappointment/wrath (a reaction somewhere on that scale). Even more annoying, having gotten a supply of saltpeter, there wasn't going to be any battle with Homeland Security. Well, maybe the turkey that didn't get eaten for Thanksgiving can be fried (an appeasement) and the corned beef done for Memorial Day!