One of the things I love about lean environments is how the tools many companies use are simple and visual. When you walk in the door, you can just tell it’s a lean company because 1) it is neat, clean and organized, and 2) it is easy to find exactly what you are looking for, even if you don’t work there. I look for this same characteristic in websites, and when I find a simple, visual and easy to navigate site, it gives me added confidence about their content.
My website pick of the week comes from a Colorado company called the Brewing Science Institute. With a crafty set of visual icons up top, this site is a cinch to get around on, and immediately leads you to what you are looking for. In my case, I was looking for a yeast pitching calculator, and boom! There it was. The products and services on this site cost money, but click on the chalkboard icon to check out some excellent free education and tools to help with small brewing lab set-up.
In addition to their yeast pitching calculator, they have an awesome small brewery lab manual and a sweet little troubleshooter tool for all areas of brewing.
We work with a few small breweries, and this was a great place to get a refresher on basic brewing lab tests and troubleshooting. Check it out!