Originally Posted by Bigjack68
Well I unfortunately didn't have access to a hydrometer when I mixed the apfelwein and homemade wine. Now I do never the less it shouldn't just drop like a stone into the tube for every liquid I drop it into...
If you drop it into water it should read 1.000 or close to it. If you drop it into wine or cider or any hard liquor it will likely read below 1.000
If it doesn't quite read 1.000 in water (at 60°F) you will need to correct all future readings...mine reads 1.002 in water, so I know my gravity readings are all 0.002 high and I just adjust for it. If it is WAY off you have a faulty hydrometer and it will need to be replaced.