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Eamonn

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I have a Stevenson’s and Reeves Hydrometer. I measure the SG of my cider must and it reads about 40 (blue band) and after fermentation it reads about 11 (black band) In all the readings given on the cider-making sites I don’t see any readings like mine. They all start with 1. as in 1.45 1.29 etc . What am I doing wrong or misreading?
 

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It sounds like you may be reading brix instead of specific gravity, though 40 brix is 1.179 and 11 brix is 1.042 though that is a really high gravity reading, unless you added a tone of sugar. This is around 18abv and really sweet.

Pic would be helpful like Yooper said.
 

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Thanks. Your interpreting this incorrectly. On your hydrometer, 40 means 1.040.
10 means 1.010

Each measurement of "10" makes reading easier. Once you get to "100" it is labeled as 1.100. The next values are "110" and "120" respectively.
 
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