Originally Posted by Malticulous
If it reads 1.001 with 60F distilled water it reads a point high. Make sure you adjust the reading for the temperature.
I measured using tap water (all I have on hand). It measured 1.001-1.002. I just found my low-range thermometer and measured my tap water temp. 70 degrees (hello Florida). According to the sheet that came with the hydrometer, I should add .001. So either my hydrometer is reading .002-.003 high, or it's reading higher due to the tap water (obviously possible). In addition, I'm sure my wort is probably at least 70 degrees. Meaning my wort reading should really be 1.015. If the hydrometer is truly reading high, then the wort's SG falls right where it should be. If the hydrometer is correct, then the SG is still a little high. At any rate, I'll test it again in 2 days. See if anything changes.
I'll pick up some distilled water soon so I can verify the hydrometer is accurate.