Extravaganza! 2014 results. Thanks to everyone who helped out, entered beers and sponsored us!

February 23, 2014 by Nate Eklund

Hey everyone!  The 2014 Extravaganza! is complete!

The Extravaganza! 2014 page has been updated with the results and a new graph of the entry breakdown by category for the last 3 years.

You can also view the results on the competition site.

Lastly, a huge thank you to our sponsors!  See who helped make this year’s competition possible by clicking HERE!


Hope you all had a great time, congratulations to our winners and we hope you’ll all be back next year!

Extravaganza! 2014 – Judges, Stewards and sorters needed!

January 29, 2014 by Nate Eklund
Extravaganza is almost upon us!  If you would like to help us sort entries, judge beers, steward (aka pull specific beers out of boxes, arrange them for judges, collect judges’ scores, and bring them back to the data entry station) we would really appreciate it!
No prior experience is required.
You can find a bit more information on the various roles here:
Here are the dates and times.  Please let me know if you can help out with any of these!  If you’re a maybe that’s fine too, let me know you might be coming and firm up with me later.
Memphis Made Brewing is generously hosting us for:
Saturday February 8th 11am-2pm – Sorting Entries
–We would like 10-12 volunteers for this.  Pizza and Beer provided
Saturday February 15th 10am-2pm – Judging Session 1
–As many judges as we can get!  Up to 4 stewards accepted.
Thursday February 20th 7pm-11pm – Judging Session 2
–As many judges as we can get!  Up to 4 stewards accepted.
Friday February 21st 6pm-10pm  - Judging Session 3 (Will only be held if needed, stay tuned)
–This session will only take place if we have more entries than we can handle on Saturday in time to be out of Bosco’s by 5 (awards/raffle included).  As with previous judging sessions we will need as many judges as possible and up to 4 stewards IF IT TAKES PLACE AT ALL.
Bosco’s has once again been kind enough to host:
Saturday February 22nd 9am-5pm – Final Judging and awards
–Doors will open at 8:00am, we would very much appreciate judges and stewards arriving by 8:45 so we can get started right at 9.  We will have room for all judges from 9-11, from 11-3 we will be judging in the back room only with limited space.  From 3-4 we will do Best of Show and awards will be at 4:00.
–So, as many judges as we can get, with the understanding that not all of you will judge past 11 and up to 5 stewards.
–Judges and Stewards will be given lunch by Bosco’s.
–Please let me know if you would like to judge for this.  I will be checking on judging space and trying to get as much of this set up beforehand as possible.
BJCP Certified judges – Please let me know your rank so that we can work out Best Of Show ahead of time.  Also, if you have any category preferences or specialties that’s useful too!
Hope to see you all there!

2014 Extravaganza! Entries So Far

January 28, 2014 by Nate Eklund

As of this posting you have four days left to register for this year’s extravaganza and get your beers dropped off or postmarked.  Get them in!  Medals and prizes are at stake here!

The entries so far break down as follows…


As you can see that traditional mead you’ve been sitting really should get entered.  Also, where are all the Hefeweizens?!  I may brew one up real quick to take that category, thank you very much.

Get your entries in!  May the best brews win!


Extravaganza! Judge training and other volunteer info

January 7, 2014 by Nate Eklund

Hey everyone!

Our Extravaganza homebrew competition is coming up and we need judges!  If you are interested in learning to judge in time for the competition come out to our training sessions and we’ll teach you how to judge beer!

The first session will take place this coming Saturday (January 11th) at 9am.  In this session we will cover “Basic Training”, what you’re looking for when evaluating a beer and the steps you take to do so.

The location is being graciously provided by Memphis Made Brewing Company:

768 S. Cooper St.

Memphis, TN 38104


The second session will be held on Saturday January 25th at 9am.  This session will teach you what the various off-flavors in beer are and how to recognize them.  Memphis Made Brewing Co will also be hosting this session!

The judge training is interactive so there will be beer smelling, sipping and drinking involved of both good beers and not so good beers (so you know what they smell/taste like).

If you are able to bring a table and/or chairs please let us know!


More information on what kinds of help we’ll need here:


Extravaganza 2014

November 22, 2013 by Richard

What are you brewing for the 2014 Bluff City Brewers and Connoisseurs annual Extravaganza? Final judging will be on February 22nd at Boscos Squared, as always.

Website for entries, or to sign up as a judge/steward can now be found HERE.

More details on the Extravganza! 2014 page HERE


BeerBug review part 2 – Use and conclusions

August 15, 2013 by Nate Eklund

UPDATE - This review was done on a prototype BeerBug!  I will have a new review out for the release hardware that is now available for pre-order in a few weeks.  That link will be posted here when I get the review done.

Here are a couple of the differences between the bug reviewed here and the release hardware:

Component Prototype Release
Communication Bluetooth WiFi
Battery 1 AA, replaceable Internal rechargable via micro-USB
SG Sensor Old “beam” sensor New “blade” sensor




A note as we get started.  Please remember that the version of the BeerBug I am using is not the final retail version.  This is an early build so it’s very likely improvements will be made before it’s released.  Also, the final BeerBug will use WiFi connectivity, mine is a Bluetooth version.

If you haven’t seen part 1 of the review here’s a link.


With fermentation under way the primary reason to measure specific gravity is to see how fermentation is progressing and to determine when it has finished.

So how did the BeerBug fare in accomplishing these tasks, and how did it compare to using a hydrometer to do so?

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Kickstarter – Eclectic Ales by Ben Pugh

August 10, 2013 by Nate Eklund

As you may have heard Ben Pugh, a member of Bluff City Brewers and Memphis Brewers Association is starting his own brewery in Jackson, TN.  The pub will serve his brews and pizza by Rock N Dough Pizza!

If you’ve tried Ben’s brews at our meetings or elsewhere you know just how great this place will be.

So in the spirit of helping a great homebrewer go pro and spreading tasty craft beers to every part of our state check out Eclectic Ale’s Kickstarter page.  They are offering some great incentives to backers and the result will be well worth the investment!