Personally I use:
A 5L fermenting Bottle used for wine. Fill this Bottle with 1Kg of white sugar and crumble 1 package of fresh yeast into it, i think its like 42g.
I think the milk jug would work, like everything would but you have to consider it is a anerobic fermentation so you need an airlock to put onto.
If you use my formula, fermentation should start working like 4-6hours later and should last at least 14days.
Of course it depends on the other factors as well like temp etc.
After that you have a very high grade alcohol wich is perfect for distilling.
Ah, before I forget, don't fill the bottle - till top leave at least 1/4 free. You will know why
Hope I could help you with that, if you have any more questions, feel free to ask.