I’m wrestling with water, once again. It seems that all my IPAs have been similar in flavor (surprisingly similar). I suspect it’s due to my water, but no one seems to know definitively (see also: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=107869&hilit=bicarbonate#p951935 ).
I just kegged what was supposed to be a Lagunitas Maximus clone ( http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/can-you … us-221391/ ), but–based on my memory–it doesn’t taste all that different from my batch of Denny’s Rye IPA, despite the different hops & grains. Unfortunately, I don’t have side-by-sides available for comparison, and I’ve also unfortunately never tasted anyone else’s rendition of Denny’s Rye IPA. I can say that my Lagunitas Maximum clone doesn’t taste right–it sure looks darker in color than the commercial version–though it doesn’t taste bad, either.
Is there anything besides my house water that could be the source of my similar-tasting IPAs? I’m at a loss, and am on the verge of building all my water from scratch like a madman.