if you have a wooden work bench you can take the corks and steam the crap outta them, take a pair of plier and pinch the cork all the way around and very quickly put about half of it into the bottle by hand. then you slam the rest in by shoving it up against the side of the wooden bench. make sure it is wooden and no metal or concrete because you could break the bottle when the cork goes in all the way. it workes pretty good, you will start sweating, if you dont have muscles dont try it. I did it for about 3 batches and then finally got a floor corker, honestly a floor corker is the best thing you can buy for wine, it makes it so much easier and less dangerous.