Original recipe: In a large jar, combine the vinegar with the salt and sugar. Close the jar and shake until the salt and sugar dissolve. Add the water and shake again. Pour the brine over the beans; if the beans are not completely submerged, top off the jars with water. Alternatively and what I did was placed the beans in one shallow rectangular glass container, whisked the other ingredients together and poured over the beans. Then the beans were topped off with about another 1/4 cup of white wine vinegar. Close the jars and refrigerate the beans for at least 24 hours before serving.