Just thought I would pop in for a quick update on my batch of this beer.
It fermented pretty quick from the 2nd to the 5th, at which point the beer temp dropped to match the ambient temp pretty well, figuring most of the heavy fermentation was done. I let it sit for another 8 days at ferm temp (about 62) and then brought it to a warmer area of the house for a couple days for a diacetyl rest (altho not sure if one is needed or not with WLP029, but I did it anyway).
Today I racked it to a secondary and moved it to my garage to lager at the low 40s for a month or so. However, we are expecting our second baby any day now, so who knows when I'll be able to bottle.
The gravity reading of the sample was 1.012, down from the OG of 1.050. It tasted great although didn't have any discernible lager character, but rather resembled a delicious porter. Hmmmm? Oh well, we'll see what lagering does, hopefully making it more "lager-like". Either way, it will be a good beer, just maybe not very Germanish.
See my recipe at post #18 in this thread if you're interested in doing this thing in partial mash form and with a lager-like ale yeast. Also, here is the picture I promised on my last post.