Ok, so my second batch is in the bottle. I'll outline everything I did. I'll point out what I think my mistakes were. Please correct me and/or add your opinions.
Started with the second can from my mr beer kit. This was a Mexican cerveza. Since my first batch was infected, I was extra careful with cleanliness this time, but in my ignorance I used bleach. Mistake #1
1: I boiled the HME for over an hour looking for the "hot break" as described in whatever it was I was reading. I never saw it happen, so I shut it off after an hour.
2: instead of the mr beer LBK, I used a 5 gallon bucket since the lbk was brewing my infected first batch. I was extra careful to clean it, but again with bleach. I made a blow off tube from some Home Depot supplies. Some tubing, barbs, and stuck the end down in a bucket of water.
3: I fermented this way for the full 3 weeks.
4: I pulled the top off the bucket and stupidly stuck my head in it and tried to take a big smell of the beer. Bad mistake, all the co2 about made me pass out. Don't do that.
5: I boiled some water and poured it in one side of the sink, I made a bleach mix in the other side of the sink. I cleaned everything in the bleach mix and, using some tongs, rinsed everything in the boiled water side. (Cooled of course)
6: I boiled 2oz of honey in some water in a Pyrex glass in the microwave. I waited for it to cool, then dumped it into the LBK.
7: I poured the bucket into the now free mr beer LBK. Mistake #2. I tried to pour as slowly as I could, but I probably put a lot of oxygen in there.
8: I let the remaining trub settle, then started bottling with my sanitary bottles.......only to find out that I measured incorrectly and I had way way less than 2.5 gallons. I only filled up four of the pet bottles. So, given that I primed for 2.5 gallons, I'm sure the bottles will be exploding in my basement at some point soon. Mistake #3.
So all in all 3 major mistakes. Not too bad I don't think, maybe if they don't blow up, those 4 bottles will actually be drinkable.
On to the next batch!!