A few weeks ago, I had an ESB with Cranberries tapped via a cask engine and my main question is what type of setup do you use when adding ingredients into the keg? We found that the first few draws were very cranberry forward and settled out after a few pours. Mind you, we only let the keg sit for about a week... since we were casking it. I would hypothesize that with more time in the cask the cranberry flavor would spread more, but it was rushed for an event to raise money for needy families. People loved the beer and the 5 gallons was basically gone that night. I just want the added flavor to stay consistent because when I had two of the last six goblets the next day after the event the my girlfriend/assistant brewer and friend told me it wasn't as cranberry flavored as the night before. I still enjoyed it though... just want that flavor popping from beginning til end.
We were curious if anyone had a better result by floating the ingredients with a contraption, or some sort of setup, that allowed the ingredients to spread their flavor throughout the whole cask of beer. We were thinking of adding a capped and empty water bottle and using it as a bobber.
Any thoughts? The next cask will be a Belgian (red) pale ale with pears and cinnamon.