Yeah it is easy brew a good beer. It is much harder to reproduce one. The processes are just as important to the final taste. I write exactly what I do for every single brew just in case I make a really good one. I have had so so results with clones. very confusing when there are so many different "clone" recipes for the same beer.
If you use a garden hose, be sure to get a drinking safe hose. Otherwise you inadvertently put a lot of phenols into your water and those don't come out with carbon filters. It will give you one of those "can't quite put my finger on it" problems.
I have vessels, some contain beer.
If you have brewed the recipe in this thread http://forum.northernbrewer.com/viewtopic.php?t=15532 and are dissatisfied, then you have a process or water problem, to be inflammatory. My experience with this recipe has been great, particularly after I paid attention to my water.