Just finished my first boil! (Belgian Wheat extract) I took a turkey baster of wort for testing but didn't measure right away. An hour later I realized the test tube was waiting for me so I read the scale which showed a whopping 1.022! I was starting to freak when I realized the wort was originally the color of mud but was now a nice pale yellow. This has to affect the reading, right?
Also, I hope I didn't wreck my whole batch by neglecting to sanitize 2 things: the never before used straining cloth that went over the primary bucket, and the kitchen strainer used to aerate the bottled water when adding to get to gallons.