SG and muslin question

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Dec 21, 2008
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I started a batch of blackberry wine 8 days ago(my first). I used bb's that I picked last summer and froze. After 7 days of sitting in the yeast and sugar water I strained the pulp and added more sugar water. At this point I got an SG reading of 1.051. I didn't get an SG reading at the beginning of the batch because I broke my hydrometer -it doesn't make a good prybar! Does this reading sound low - I'm not sure what I should expect to have at this stage. After 10 more days I am supposed to add more sugar water. Is there anyway of raising the SG or should I leave alone?
Also when I tried to strain the juice and pulp my muslin cloth wouldn’t allow any liquid to pass. I bought food grade muslin but it didn't work. Any ideas on what I did wrong?

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