Congratulations Frank. From a recipe standpoint, I'm curious to know what you did to add the tart cherry. Fresh, frozen, puree, etc.
I used fresh but frozen cherries. I bought them at a local orchard, but they were imported here in eastern Ohio from Michigan. I used 10 lbs in a five gallon batch. I racked onto them in the secondary for two weeks. It took a good 6 months for this beer to really get good. It scored higher in the finals because it was better with age. The one I drank last night was the best. It was brewed 7/31/12. I do have a four pack stashed away
I did a 10 gallon batch a few weeks ago. I adjusted to 7.5 lbs per 5 gallons this year. I will be bottling next week.
But for an FYI... Tart cherries are usually ready early to mid July.