Where can I find crushed grape packs?

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    There's an old forums post about crushed grape packs but all of the options are unavailable or no longer in service. Does anyone know where to find them?
     
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    For the purposes of adding a grape pack to a kit or juice bucket I don’t think anything exists for online purchase aside from the one.

    http://www.juicegrape.com/Mosti-Mondiale-All-Grape-Pack/

    Mosti Mondiali all-grape pack. Courtesy of @heatherd who initially recommended.
    It’s about 9lbs and perfect for kit additions. I’ve use it a couple times. In the past I did some digging curious of varietal and read the grapes were actually Pinot Noir.
     
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    Nice. Thanks. 9lbs seems like a lot. Just 1 kit?
    What's your experience with it? Do you do EMs?
     
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    Also.. How did you order these? I've gone through the whole checkout process and the shipping says "Will call (pickup)".
     
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    Seems like a phone call or filling out the Contact Us information may be required.
     
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    Too much? If anything I’d want more! How big are the kits you’re making?

    I don’t remember any issues when ordering. But was delivered like any other online purchase would be. Also- they’ve got great customer service. I spoke with them on the phone and they were very pleasant and accommodating.
     
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    Definitely not too much! It just seems like a lot. My kits are usually 5 or 6 gallons. Am I safe to assume it's the same size of the pack that comes with the high end kits.
     
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    I never went down the kit rabbit hole too far. Just a handful. But I think it’s fairly similar size as the kits included packs were. It’s packaged and sold specifically for this use. I used it in a kit once and also in a fresh juice bucket. And any extra grapes added to your ferment is nothing but a good thing.
    In terms of amount - I think one is perfect to get what u wanna get out of it. Adding more would get expensive. And also start to alter the intended taste since Gpack is not chosen specifically for that kit and just a general pack. Tossing in 1 pack will give a little boost of color and body that your after.
     
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    Brewers Direct in Canada is selling a good crushed grape pack and they ship to US as well. I contacted them last year and they said that they ship this item internationally all the time because there is a lot of demand for it. They also said that a lot of people from the United States are buying it. I ended up using fresh grape skins for that batch, but I would have bought the pack if I didn't have another choice.
    Check it out:
    https://www.brewersdirect.com/product/crushed-grapes/
     
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    I actually went here and tried to check out, but it said there was no shipping available to my location (the US). Do I need to reach out to them to have them ship?

    I've emailed the juicegrape people, as well.

    On a different note. Fresh skins don't seem like a bad idea. I'm guessing that I'd want to get my hands on some of those in the season though, right?
     
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    If you're interested, email Brewers Direct support and ask them. Maybe something changed since last year.
    https://www.brewersdirect.com/contact/

    I used fresh skins from 10 lbs of grapes that I purchased locally, at some Italian produce market. I ended up using some of the juice as well, but mostly the skins and seeds to add body and mouthfeel. I also added a couple of sliced bananas per gallon.
     
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    Gave them a call, it wasn't bad... only 45 dollars for shipping!
     
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    There are dried grape packs on eBay .. they are extra or unused packs from midrange wine kits ? .. GENUwine brand 125grams $ sub 10.00 Cdn. 3 left ..combined shipping ? ..

    I have never used a grape pack .. do not know how many grams one would get if they dried 4kg of soggy grape skins .. but if one could front the shipping on a 4kg can in today's stunted shipping formats .. Maybe it would be of value to buy the three left in bulk .. item 113824495173 ..not my auction ...
     
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    "Net" says spinach is dehydrated 10 to 1 .. there are seeds in the crushed grapes that are not in spinach ... but 4000 grams becomes 400 ( if spinach) so 3x125gr is not far off the mark .. given a reduced shipping cost but increased purchase price ( not adjusted for seed weight ) .. now as I said no experience here .. tannin comes in teaspoon, so is the added color that skins may supply and the ambiance may make it worth it :)
     
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    I just bought a grape skin pack from the brewers direct in Winnipeg (sergeant ave.)
    $18 for a 4 kilo box seemed like a pretty good deal to me :)

    I'm guessing it must be a seasonal thing cause they don't always have them.
     
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    Haven't been able to find these.
     
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    Put the item number in the search bar .. sold out of eBay Canada. The item number can be used in any eBay search, US , Canada , etc . I have purchased from this seller in the past .. These are units from Wine expert Kits .. I just verified the number will take you direct to the auction. I do not know site policy on auction links ..

    No fuss no muss .. use them when you want to .. This seller has other items related to brewing , I have used him in the recent past , visit wine expert site for instructions on kits that contain dried skin packs for info on use etc. .. I bought a few of these for myself about 32 days ago. And some oak powder .. hope this helps you ..
     
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    If buying more than one .. put then in your cart on eBay so shipping is combined ... Canada Post or USPS will suck up your $ like a vacuum cleaner .....
     

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