I’ve done a bunch of ale extract brewing but have wanted to start doing some lagers. I got the NB Oktoberfest extract kit (U1350) but they were out of WLP830 at the time. When I looked around, it looked like people were having trouble with that strain so I decided to go with WLP838 instead. I made a yeast starter, and then doubled it again (good activity, lots of cake) before brewing on 8/20. I pretty much followed the directions, except I heated to 155 and steeped for 30 mins instead of the ramped steep they use. I got an OG of 1.058 and pitched the yeast with the wort at 66 F, then put it in the fridge set at 54 F. The next morning I had good activity and the brewmometer showed 59 F, so I lowered the fridge setpoint and let it sit at about 49 F until 8/31. I still had some minimal activity, so I increased to 60 F and let it sit until 9/7 to finish. I then tranferred to 2nd, harvested the yeast and ramped to 34 F and let it sit until 9/29 and took a sample. The FG was 1.030 … even at the low end of the attenuation I would expect closer to 1.020, so I let it sit until 11/3, rechecked it and there was no change, so I moved it back to a ~55 F location and let it sit until 11/10, still no change - FG ~1.030, nice clarity, quite a bit of natural carbonation, clean flavor except for being pretty sweet, which I figure makes sense with the high gravity. I wasn’t sure what to do next, so I re-pitched the WLP838 I harvested from this batch earlier and left it at 55 F and checked it again today (11/16). I have had little evidence of acitivity aside from a little bit of white floaties on top the beer, but it still has decent flavor, but no appreciable drop in gravity.
So … I am not sure what to do now. I am also not sure if I did something stupid, so I would appreciate comments on either front.