Improvements come by Measuring
By: TJ Grisel, Beyers Analytical Brewing Sciences, LLC
You may be familiar with the quote from Peter Drucker, "if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it". While Peter is a management thinker, this applies to all aspects in any process. Specifically, Peter means that by monitoring metrics for success (i.e. consistency, reduced product loss, etc.) one can make necessary adjustments to reach the desired outcome.
As commercial brewer with a clear understanding of the importance of this quote; we would bet that you implement some measuring tactics whether it is revenue, cost of goods or any other expenses. If you fall into the category of a home-brewer then chances are if you look hard enough you will find places where you are measuring something in your life. If you already have a mindset to measure and/or track continue that mindset into your brewing process.
A problem generally has more than one solution, and tracking data is no exception. There are many ways it can be done. One simple way is to take it old school with a clipboard, paper and writing utensil. Create tables and fill in the appropriate data as you see fit. A second way is to use software like Excel or Google Sheets and enter in the fields as well as the data once it is collected. Using such platforms is helpful because it allows you to easily analyze everything as a whole. Many use a combination of both. Write it down then input into their preferred software. A third option is to find instruments that are connected to the internet and have tracking ability in within; think Fitbit and iPhone. This is more advanced and more costly but it can really take your process to the next level as well as save time.
We at Beyers Analytical are working to bring ways to track to your data more efficiently. A brewer tracking sheet can be downloaded below to get you started so you can collect the data out in your process and input it into some sort of software.
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