So I’m about to embark on batch three of my homebrew career. The first two — an American brown ale and a witbier — turned out quite well, if I do say so myself. As I’m sure you’ll know if you’re a homebrewer, there’s just something about drinking a good beer you made yourself. To this point, I’ve used Brewer’s Best kits. I feel like for the most part, all I can take credit for is paying attention to detail and following directions correctly. Apparently that’s still a pretty good accomplishment, but I find myself wanting to branch out a little and do things I can really put my stamp on. For batch three, I’m using a kit one more time (I’m still not ready to wing it completely, although the idea of making a clone sounds good) but I’m freelancing a little bit. I’m going with a pale ale and contemplating adding lemon and maybe raspberry as well.
So my questions are: 1) Pale ale with citrus and/or fruit, a good idea? and 2) Strategically speaking, add the fruit during the boil? During secondary fermentation? Both? How much for a five-gallon batch?
I’ve picked the brains of a few local brewer folk, but thought I would throw it out there to anyone who may have some experience along these lines. Feel free to sound off in the comments. Cheers!