A friend and me are planning on branching out with our brews. We already do extract 5-gallon brews, and a few all grain small batches. We don't have the required equipment yet for 5 gallon all grains, but someday I am sure we will move there.
However, we are at the point in our brewing where we are feeling adventurous. We enjoy using the recipes given to us in ingredients kits, but we also want to play around with stuff. So my question is: When is the right time to add flavors to beer that aren't already there?
For example... if we make a blonde ale. Nice and lite, perfect for summer. But, we also like the idea of adding some sort of fruit to this. Citrus or Berry maybe? Something tart? Regardless of what we choose, I am curious when we should add the fruit. Should we just throw it into the fermenter after a few days? Should we add it to the boil? I don't want to mess up the yeast by adding more natural sugars during fermentation, but it feels like throwing some fruit into the fermenter 1-2 days after brewing might work. Any tips?