I’m planning on brewing cranberry ale using the speckled heifer all grain kit as a base and adding some cranberry blossom honey to the boil plus adding some fresh cranberries to the secondary for a week after two weeks of primary fermination. I did something similar this summer by using the speckled heifer and adding orange blossom honey. That beer turned out great. It was an excellent light beer for a hot day with a nice hint of orange from the honey.
This time I want add the fruit to accentuate it’s flavor in the beer and give it a nice pinkish red color. Does anyone have suggestion about the best way to incorporate the fruit into the beer? Is adding fresh fruit to the beer in secondary a good idea? How much should I add for a 5 gallon batch? Should I do anything to fruit before putting in the carboy?
Any suggestions would be appreciated. I am still a novice homebrewer (this will be my 5th all grain batch.)