Greetings! I bet those old books will prove pretty interesting! However, be aware that homebrewing "science" has evolved much in the past 20 years, and especially the past 5-10. Some of what you read in an old book might be outdated. Still, Papazian has very solid information in his books and they are pretty good reads anyway.
Homebrewing is a very fun and rewarding adventure. If you have any questions or concerns, we are here to help. And we do accept gifts of homebrew as recompense...
If your takin' your girlfriend out tonight
You better park the car well out of sight
'Cos if they catch you in the back seat trying to pick her locks
They're gonna send you back to mother in a cardboard box !