Alsatian-Brined Turkey With Riesling Gravy

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5 quarts plus 2 cups cold water

Kosher salt

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup yellow mustard seeds

1/4 cup dried chopped onion

2 tablespoons caraway seeds

2 tablespoons black peppercorns,lightly crushed

2 tablespoons juniper berries, lightly crushed

6 bay leaves

One 18-pound turkey, neck and giblets reserved for another use

2 1/2 cups Riesling

1 large onion, quartered

1 head garlic, cloves separated but not peeled

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Rich Turkey Stock

Freshly ground pepper

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