After weeks of torture, I finally got my hand-me-down warlock to level 50 so he could become a Master Alchemist. In some ways it was almost anti-climatic because it only took me 15 minutes to go from 300 to 350. And most of that was due to bank->trainer->mailbox gyrations to grab the various herbs I'd collected for the big moment. Here's how it went:
5x Elixir of Brute Force (just cuz it was yellow and no Outland mats)
15x Onslaught Elixir
5x Elixir of Major Strength
15x Elixir of Healing Power
5x Elixir of Draenic Wisdom
10x Super Mana Potion
There's a ton of selection among the potions to choose which one you want to make for skill points. For my first ten skill points I think I had seven or eight potions that were orange to me. Obviously once I hit the 310-315 range some of those started dropping, but even so it was quite easy to plow right through with several remaining options to choose from. The last ten points from 340-350 I only had one orange recipe ... the Super Mana potion. But since that's one Kaliope needs for raids anyway, I wasn't upset about focusing on it.
Kaliope had also gone around to Telredor and Allerian Stronghold and bought up the various vendor recipes for me, so I have those in addition to the trainer recipes. Murkery is too little for faction recipes since he's only level 50, I'll just have to live without the diamond transmutes. My main goal was Primal Might - since it's used in all the other professions I thought it would be nice to make my own. At this point I don't really care if I max out Alchemy, I'll be satisfied to live in the 350s and do my own Might transmutes.
So I had my stack of herbs for Super Mana potions and I clicked the Create All button and just let it go. I'm sort of half watching the skill points tick up as I'm talking with my son Wildark when out of the corner of my eye I see the "350" scroll by and then a big flash of light goes off. Right under the "skill has increased to 350" message is a "DISCOVERY! Murkery has discovered the Flask of Arcane Fortification recipe!" message. How wacky is that?!?!
I hadn't really anticipated getting any discoveries, I mean I had toyed with the possibility that it might happen but I certainly didn't expect it. I'm pretty stupefied that I got one while I was leveling, even though I've read that it's possible. I just didn't expect it to happen to me, rofl!
So the moral of the story is that you can make discoveries while you are still leveling Alchemy and you can make them on random recipes like the Super Mana Potion.