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Scratch Brewing Co. is planning a brew day aimed at women.

The event, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 7, is hosted in collaboration with Southern Illinois Brewers home brew club, and is open to women who brew beer at home or are interested in learning how.

Home brewing equipment will be set up on Scratch's patio to allow attendees to see how to make beer on a small scale. The setup will offer an up-close look at the ingredients and process that go into brewing beer.

The day's events will show how to grind grains, mash them with water, boil the hops and bark and begin fermentation. A finished beer will also be available on draft that day to show how the process influences the final product.

Brewery co-owner Marika Josephson, along with Southern Illinois Brewers member Kanza Kaleem will lead the brewing, during which a Scratch recipe for maple porter beer will be made. 

There will also be information about joining the home brew club and a raffle for a home brew kit. 

The event is free, and will be held rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, it will take place under an awning.

— The Southern

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