Is a black lager really a lager (in terms of yeast and brewing time)? Can I just throw in whatever would make a good stout but use lager yeast? If not, then how much play is there to the recipe?
I've got a little bit of experience brewing ales, mainly stout and brown ale. Just a few months ago I tried my first experiment, deviating a little from a recipe in my choice of malts and yeast, but still using a malt extract for my primary malt. I have zero experience with brewing lager.