I just ordered a cream ale kit and strawberry extract. When should I put in the extract and should I also use strawberry purée or fresh strawberries and when? Thanks
Extract is used at kegging/bottling. Whether to use real strawberries is your call. It will give a more natural flavor than the extract. Often people use both with the extract being added to the end if the flavor is not strong enough.
If you decide to use real strawberries add them to a secondary fermenter. When I use real fruit I use a bucket as a secondary and use a large mesh bag to put the fruit in. This way at the end all you have to do is lift the bag and most fruit will come out with it.