5lb of grain takes up about 0.75gal of space in my little tun, your 20.5lb would presumably take up about 3gal of volume. add that to your 6.4gal of water and you have 9.4gal total.
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Been able to grow cascade, centennial and magnum in S.C.
Have to water them a lot though. That L Nino bi3ch or whatever has been holding the rain back for the past several years during the summer. If I ever run across that bastard... gonna knock the hell out of them.
Besides having enough Ca for good conversion, I noticed a big difference in the clarity of my wort after hot break and final beer when I started boosting Ca levels into the 50-75ppm range in the kettle. Not sure of a cause-effect but maybe someone else can say something about that...
I do now.......
They are finally starting to soak. I know they will never dissolve, nor do I want them to. Just the essential oils please.
Now, next question. How long before the dry hop (whole buds) has done it's job?