Hey, I don't have anything much to add (I use the bin full of water and ice to cool my beer too), but it's nice to see someone else who goes to dan's shop (i recognized the recipe right away). I used to live in new west too.
BTW, the pub at the quay used to have grolsch bottles on special once a week, so they had a lot of empties. My buddy was able to talk to them and got them for the price of the deposit. It's worth looking into.