I haven't been using a hydrometer for OG readings for some time. Your OG readings should be posted on the instructions. Often OG readings can be skewed due to the top off water not being mixed into the beer well enough, so it might only confuse you if you take an OG reading anyway. I just take final gravity readings, as the yeast will mix your beer for you during fermentation so your reading will be accurate providing you followed the recipe, and ended up with the right volume of beer. Just get a hydrometer for your FG readings, and your beer will be fine.
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