Using a turkey baster of all things, I transfer some wort into a flask and drop in the hydrometer.
These two sides are most important for our readings, potential alcohol and specific gravity. The third side is sugar percentage, or 'balling'.
The potential alcohol reads at just over 8%, I'd call it 8.1%. Notice the beautiful color!
Balling at 15.5% sugar.
And last but not least, a specific (or starting) gravity of 1.062. I will need to adjust for the temperature since it is most accurate at 60, and the wort is at 73', I will get online and let the internets do my math. And voilà the Internet strikes again. According to http://leebrewery.com/beermath.htm my corrected specific gravity is 1.063526088...we'll just keep it at 1.0635. Next up, adding the bean and the yeast!