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Brew your own in time for Oktoberfest

August 20, 2008 | 10:37 pm

Beer_3 Maybe you've always wanted to try it -- making your own beer at home. Now the California School of Culinary Arts is offering a cooking class, "Organic Beer Making 101" (for those 21 and older).

Learn the craft of extract brewing, including the fundamentals of how yeast works and how to clean and sanitize brewing equipment, select the best organic ingredients, cook and cool wort (beer) and bottle home brew. Students will brew 48 bottles of beer -- an organic India Pale Ale or organic brown ale, both of which require a 1- to 2-week resting period after the bottling session in the second class.

Sept. 6 & 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., CSCA East Campus, 521 East Green St., Pasadena. Class costs $295 and includes the cost of brewing equipment.  Register by calling or visiting the CSCA Campus Cookstore, (626) 683-1354.

-- Betty Hallock

Photo of beer by Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times.