Where did you get that fridge it's pretty sweet!
What model is it?
Waiting is definitely the worst part, but I would encourage you to begin kegging ASAP, I just started after 1 year of brewing, and bottling those brews, what a chore bottling is compared to kegging. Don't get me wrong there is something nostalgic about bottles, but you can bottle from a keg, and you can always prime a batch and bottle it if you choose to, kegging is just a bit faster and more efficient IMO.
Having said that, I will be pulling my first pint of a delicious Belgian Witbier which you can find the recipe here
Welcome to the hobby...umm..err...obsession that we call homebrewing!
Originally Posted by bgough
18 day primary, and then 4 weeks in the secondary seems a little excessive to me. Usually about a 1 week primary, maybe 10-12 days if you want is really all you need before you transfer (which isn't really necessary either).
Then a two week secondary will do the trick. You could leave it three if you really want to, but it's not really necessary.
You're beer will have plenty of time to condition in the bottles before you drink it.
Especially for your first batch, I would try the 1-2-3 method. (1 week primary, 2 week secondary, 3 weeks in the bottles)
Or you could just leave everything in the primary fro 3-4 weeks before bottling, IMO secondary-ing is unnecessary, unless making a fruit beer or dry-hopping.