I made a Saison that i added fresh raspberries to. I tossed them in whole to the secondary after a 5 week primary using WLP670. I used a ratio of 1/2 lbs per gallon and ended up with a nice pink color from the berries with a light/moderate aroma and flavor. The beer ended up winning 1st place in the fruit beer category in this years Boston Homebrew Competition.
What style beer are you planning on making?
I have a kit for a raspberry wheat so I would like to use that but incorporate some fresh fruit. It's the start of raspberry season here in Vermont so I think some fresh local fruit would be great.
On a side note, do you happen to have that Saison recipe?
+1 to leaving the fruit in for at least a month.
+1 to it breaking down in the beer, i racked using a nylon bag over my auto-siphon.
Saison recipe is
8.7% flaked wheat
8.7% white wheat
4.3% acidulated malt
.88 oz Challenger @ 60 (24 ibus)
.88 sterling @ 5m (4.8 ibus)
2 g paradise seeds @ 5m