Yea I think if the gunk sits on one side of the tilt, it makes it stand more upright. If it's on the other side, it makes it sit more horizontal. Horizontal means higher gravity readings I believe, vertical means lower. So it varies.
Like i said I shook it lots of times, but it still had a blob of gunk covering the entire top almost, so it was messing me up. Judging by the appearance, smell, and taste... It resembles the last time I made this beer. Just a little less alcohol taste, which is better