Originally Posted by BubbaK
I'm interested now in adding a strawberry flavor to it in secondary or at bottling time. Can I or should I? Should I use extract or frozen strawberries? Or nothing at all?
I am a fan of flavoring beers at serving time with herbal/fruit tea bags, fruit extracts, juices, etc. Pour about two ounces of beer in a glass, add flavoring, mix them up, then top up with a good pour to end up with a good blend.
If you want to use fruit on the entire batch, definitely add it to the secondary and let it ferment out. Racking to a tertiary is optional if you want to minimize pickup of fruit/puree particles. Also, be advised that strawberries don't ferment particularly well, so you'll need a ton of them, ideally very ripe to slightly over-ripe.
Extracts can add a bit of complexity when used in small amounts in conjunction with fruit, but by themselves they tend to taste very artificial (think flavored medicine or Sam Adams Cherry Wheat).