Originally Posted by electric_beer
Anyone know what happens if you add fruit too early?
saccharomyces will be the only thing to eat and ferment the fruit in early additions. you wait until the latter stages of fermentation because after about 8-12 months the Brettanomyces will be the only thing remaining and doing almost all of the work.
in my sour i added fruit early which is fine since it adds more sugars and will raise the alcohol. i just added more fruit which will add to more development of complex flavors due to brett being much more active now that 10 months has passed.
based on the above chart the growth of yeasties is: