I’m back baby!

It has been quite sometime since I’ve graced you all with my “wisdom”, but rest assured I am firing things back up baby!

Ive just begun graduate studies at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. I absolutely love my program and have learned so much in the few months I’ve been here. The department is filled with smart, welcoming, and friendly professors and peers. I am currently working on a side project for a coastal storms course. We are looking at extra-tropical transitioning storms in the North Atlantic, trying to discern what constitutes a “good” mid-latitude trough(one that strengthens a transitioning tropical cyclone from baroclinic properties) from a “bad” mid-latitude trough(one that weakens a transitioning tropical cyclone from baroclinic properties).

Sunrise surfing in Frisco, OBX

Sunrise surfing in Frisco, OBX

Sunrise Surfing in Frisco, OBX

Sunrise Surfing in Frisco, OBX

I have yet to decide on a thesis idea, however I have been scheming, for quite some time, pursuing a topic related to forecasting sea breeze frontogensis by looking at differential heating along the coast. Is there a forecasting tool that could be used to signal how far inland a sea breeze front will push based on differential heating between the water and land? I am not sure, but I know that I wish to pursue a thesis idea that incorporates the beautiful land that is the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Storm in the distance at Fort Macon in Atlantic Beach, NC

Storm in the distance at Fort Macon in Atlantic Beach, NC

Frisco National Park Campground, Buxton, NC

Frisco National Park Campground, Buxton, NC

Starting soon I will be bringing back my “Back to my roots:Brewing Beer series”. My beer production has dropped in recent months. Mostly due to spending the entire summer in the backcountry of New Hampshire and starting graduate school, but I am planning a special brew this weekend. I am going to take another stab at my Pliny the Elder clone. For ┬áthose of you who are unaware, Pliny the Elder is a double IPA brewed by Russian River Brewing Company in California. Over the years, many have dubbed this beer one of the best beers in the world. It has developed a cult following and it is a very difficult beer to obtain. I was visiting my aunt in San Diego a few years back and thought I would be able to score cases of this beer, however I would soon find out that you can’t find it south of LA. So not only is it nearly impossible to obtain this brew on the East Coast, but it is very difficult to obtain it in the state in which it is brewed. Crazy. Nonetheless, I have had the honor of trying this brew and it is by far one of, if not the best beer I’ve ever had. I lives up to the hype! Since I have no way of obtaining this beer, the next best thing is to brew a clone of it! I’ve brewed this recipe before and it turned out phenomenal. My only issue is that the hops seemed to fade rather quickly, something I wish to change for this attempt. I may try dry hopping in the keg as it poured.

Anyways, here is the recipe:

7 lb LDE
.60 lb dextrine
.60 lb Crystal 40 L
3.75 oz Columbus @ 90 min
.75 oz Columbus @ 45 minutes
1 oz Simcoe @ 30 min
1 oz Centennial @ 0 min
2.5 oz Simcoe @ 0 min

1 oz Columbus Dry-Hopped 14 days
1 oz Simcoe Dry Hopped 14 days
1 oz Centenial Dry hopped 14 days
.25 oz Columbus Dry hopped 5 days
.25 oz Simcoe Dry Hopped 5 days

American Ale Yeast

Oh yea, thats a HOPPY beer!

Look for updates on this brew and many more to come!

Robust Porter, brewed in 2013

Robust Porter, brewed in 2013

Also, I will be expanding my meteorological section and will start to write more articles on weather phenomenon, particularly personal experiences with weather.

Until next time,

Stay Irie my friends.

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