Ok I do many pounds of navy beans that are dried.
After sorting them for rocks ect. I cover them in a pot with 4 inches of water, bring them to a boil and simmer for a half hour.
Cover them and let them sit until water is room temp. Then into the beer/garage fridge.
Next day drain water, cover 4 inches again and bring to a boil then simmer until tender.
Then you are good to go with your recipe.
Hope this helps, it is my grandmothers recipe. She did this when she was a little girl and passed at age 79 in 1999.