[QUOTE=menschmaschine;1835129]Did you decant the starter beer before pitching?
How much lower than the expected FG are we talking? If it's only a point or two... no big deal.
It was about 5 points lower. I shake the heck out of the carboy after adding top off water, etc, but do not have a mix-stir or similar. My final gravities tend to be spot on or extremely close so I've chalked up lower initials to not fully incorporated wort, etc. Perhaps I've been too cavalier about my initial gravity readings.
Did you actually taste it? I've had lagers smell strange at the end of primary, only to taste them and the smell is not the taste at all.
Yes, I tasted it last night. Other than funky smell, the taste is smooth, light,and not funky.
Since you got such good attenuation, this means there was a good amount of fermentable sugars in the wort and a little less unfermentable sugars. Therefore, you could get away with ~5 days for every 8 points of OG. So, 4 to 5 weeks lagering on a 1.045 beer with a relatively lower dextrin content would be about right.
OK, I'll pop it back in the fridge for a few more weeks and taste again.
Thanks for the advice!