Bring 1 quart of water, salt, bay leaves, and spices to a simmer, stirring until salt has dissolved. Let cook for 5 minutes. Linea 5-gallon container with a large brining or oven-roasting bag. Place your turkey in the bag. Add salt mixture, remaining 6 quarts of water and the remaining ingredients. Tie bag: if turkey is not submerged, weight it down with a plate. Refrigerate 24 hours, flipping the turkey once. As soon as brining is complete, rinse bird in cold water to remove excess salt and pat dry. Prepare to cook.
Additional notes: To properly brine the turkey, it must soak for at least 24 hours, so please plan accordingly. If you do not have a brining crock, use a clean 5-gallon bucket. I got mine at Home Depot.