Thanks for the info. All of the instructions I have seen have specified glass, so I wasn't sure. I'd have to buy a glass container, and with shipping it wouldn't be worth it if I could just use a milk container.
I just use a glass bowl with sanitized foil over it. Also used gladware containers and empty juice jugs. I sanitize with star-san, or a run through the dishwasher to sterilize. As far as I'm concerned, a starter can go in anything you can keep clean for a day or two.
Disclaimer: only two of my beers are carbed and ready to drink, so maybe don't listen to me
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I use a 2 qt mason jar. I put the lid on really loose so CO2 can escape, and I can screw the lid on tight to give it a swirl. It was like $3 I think from Michael's (AND NO I DON'T SHOP THERE USUALLY, I WAS WITH SWMBO)... I also use it for yeast washing.
Plastic is fine for a starter. If you drink apple juice pick up a couple Martinelli's apple juice in the juice aisle. They are 1.5 ltr Glass and are great for starters.
My martinelli's apple juice bottle cut 2 of my fingers to the bone last weekend. Caught it just as it hit the ground. I'm using all plastic for my starter jar from now on. I am currently using a plastic vinegar jug that I lightly bleached and sanitized.