Punching the cap on our home-crafted wine is a piece of cake. My 9 year old daughter handles it on her own, no problem. Even at age 7 she could do the punch downs in our own cellar where everything is done on a very small scale. In fact, I would say our cellar is essentially a nano-scaled cellar compared to most licensed wineries.
The punch downs occurring on our Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir right now, for example, are done on a larger scale. Instead of the garbage can-sized containers we use at home, at the winery we are working with garbage dumpster-sized containers. Hmmm…I can tell you right now that Uzi will not be happy with my non-technical (not to mention non-appetizing analogies here.)
Anyway, the cap is several inches thick and requires so much pressure to punch through it you cannot imagine. Some people make it look easy, but it is anything but. Uzi is working on a more instructional video of punching the cap. In the meantime, here is a less instructional video of me working hard at it.
Kudos to all the cellar rats doing this grunt work.