San Diego is a hotbed for homebrewing and brewing in general. The best thing for you to do is join the biggest and best local homebrew club QUAFF. That stands for Quality Ale Fermentation Fraternity. Go to their website www.quaff.com. The have won the state and national titles several times. You will meet many people, get to taste some great beers and also travel to CA beer sites. Also, many of the members have become proffesional brewers, Alesmith, Whitelabs, Stone etc all from QUAFF.