When you get your first aircooled VW, everyone tells you to buy John Muir's book A Manual of Step-by-Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot
Is there a book like this for brewing? I looked at www.howtobrew.com
and see John Palmer's first edition book that's free to view on line, but it also mentions that the third edition is now available. Should I spend the $ for the third edition? Is this even the book I need?
For some background, I've never brewed before, but have been to several brew days with the local homebrew club and am currently starting to collect the equipment to brew my pwn beer. I'm hoping to brew my first batch in January and it will probably be an extract beer or maybe a partial mach/extract one.
So, what other books will I need? At this point, I'm more interested in books on how to brew than I am in recipe books.