Just pulled a sample after 6 days of primary to see how fermentation is coming along. I still have krausen and yeast is quite obviously in suspension, so this wasn't an "is it done yet?" sample, mostly just a progress check.
Gravity is still at 1.027 after an O.G. of 1.070. Fermentation has been conducted at a steady 66F, although I brought it up to 68F after three days of fermentation (under the assumption that I was further along than I truly was).
Sample tastes great, but I'm surprised at how slowly it is fermenting, give the description offered by White Labs.
10/7/2011 Update: Took another gravity reading 11 days after pitching, and I'm still at 1.020 with continued visible signs of fermentation. The sample tastes fine, but I'm surprised by how slowly fermentation is progressing. I made a 1L starter and had pitched the starter at high krausen at ~16 hours. Not sure what may have happened, but right now I don't see a compelling reason to use this yeast again.
I am noting similar problems with WLP090 as well. Made an AIPA, mashed at 150F, pH 5.3 (yes, I calibrated them before the brew). 5% of the grist was C-20L. Made a 2L starter ahead of time, chilled, decanted and then added 1.5L of IPA wort to the flask. Got the yeast active and then pitched at 64F, slowly ramping up to 68F. After 1 week I check my gravity prior to dry hopping and the beer went from 1.068 to 1.030, grrrrrrr....I made up an oxygenated starter of WLP007 and got it down to 1.020 today after 2 weeks, even after warming it up to 72-74F. Still not where I want it.
Similar problem with a Hawaiian porter I brewed on Saturday. This is the 5th time I have brewed this recipe and the second time I have used WLP090 in as many weeks. Worked up the starter the same way as the IPA. Mashed at 154F, pH 5.3. 8% of the grist C-60L. Pitched at 64F, but ramped up the heat a little faster to 72F over 3+ days. Checked my gravity this AM, once again 1.068 to 1.020. Usually this recipe finishes out at 1.012-1.014.
Same yeast, 2 different beers. Despite all of the rave reviews of this yeast, it seems to be a little finicky to me. I get consistent, reproducable results with WLP001, WLP007. After 2 bad experiences with WLP090, I see no reason to use this yeast again. Going to try to unstick my ferments with WLP099. Wish me luck...