BeepEgg

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1. HOW DOES BEEPEGG® WORK?
BeepEgg® measures the water-temperature. With this data, it calculates the inner temperature of the egg. The inner temperature can be calculated via a differential equation and mirrors the exact state in the egg. We know [egg]sactly at which temperature egg yolk coagulates. BeepEgg® calculates the inner temperature inside the egg. Once the inside of each, BeepEgg® and real egg, have reached the right temperature for the demanded level of hardness, BeepEgg® will play a tune, signaling the specific degree the egg yolk has reached by then. One can reach exact precision by using BeepEgg® and also start the egg boiling process with cold water, which makes pricking the egg (to prevent eggshell cracking) obsolete. BeepEgg® always works no matter if you start with cold or boiling water. Just store BeepEgg® and real egg together and put them in your pan at the same time. One of BeepEgg®’s big advantages is that it works according to temperature and not merely time. This means that BeepEgg® even works when water is not really boiling or at altitudes where water boils below or above 100°C. It always makes sense to bring BeepEgg® along. No matter if you go hiking in the mountains or on a submarine excursion below sea level.

2. DOES BEEPEGG® WORK ON DIFFERENT ALTITUDES?
Yes, it does. Since it works according to temperature and not merely time. Only the actual temperature has an impact on the level of hardness inside the egg. This means that BeepEgg® even works when water is not really boiling or at altitudes where water boils below or above 100°C. It always makes sense to bring BeepEgg® along. No matter if you go hiking in the mountains or on a submarine excursion below sea level.

3. WHERE DO I STORE MY BEEPEGG®?
With your eggs. It doesn’t matter where it is. BeepEgg® works according to a thermal model, meaning it is only [egg]sact if “both eggs” have an identical temperature. An ideal storing place is the fridge.

4. DOES BEEPEGG® TAKE THE EGGS’ SIZE INTO CONSIDERATION?
BeepEgg® is optimized for medium to large sized eggs. Tunes will be repeated, to fine-tune the egg and to take size into consideration (melody played first time = rather small egg / melody played last time = rather large egg). If you want to boil an extra-large egg, wait ca. 30 seconds after the last melody for the desired degree has played. The size’s influence is not as huge as in an egg boiler, though. Give it a try. You‘ll be lost without BeepEgg® afterwards.

5. DO I HAVE TO START BOILING WITH COLD WATER?
No, you can also start your boiling process with boiling water, like most people do. If you do so, you should prick the eggs before placing them in water. Start as you like, just store BeepEgg® and real egg together beforehand. (Another BeepEgg® advantage is that it works in “different settings” and not only in identical settings (concerning altitude and water temperature) as a time based utensil would).

6. WHY IS BEEPEGG® SWITCHLESS?
BeepEgg® is always active. It does not need switches, since it is working according to a thermal model. BeepEgg® is ideal for all technophobes, since you do not have to set anything.

7. WHAT DO THE DIFFERENT BEEPS MEAN?
The first beep signals that the battery is alright. When the second beep occurs, water has reached cooking temperature. You can reduce the heat now, since the energy in the water is now sufficient to boil the egg completely. Once the right tune for the demanded level plays, your egg will be ready. The tunes will be played several times, making individual fine-tuning possible and taking size into consideration.

8. CAN ONE TELL WHETHER A BEEPEGG® IS FOR SOFT, MEDIUM OR HARD BOILED EGGS BY ITS SHELL COLOR?
One used to. For the German and the French market, we still have the single tune eggs which serve one level of hardness only. For the rest of the world, we only have three tune eggs which work for all levels of hardness. Meaning if you are “from the rest of the world”, every BeepEgg® you can purchase at home will be for all levels of harness, playing one tune for soft-boiled, one for medium, and one for hard boiled eggs.

9. IS IT POSSIBLE TO BOIL MORE THAN ONE EGG AT A TIME WITH BEEPEGG®?
Yes, of course. One BeepEgg® can monitor as many eggs at a time as you want to boil. The more eggs you boil, the longer it takes (another BeepEgg® advantage, since a time based model would be imprecise, here, due to the fact that the number of eggs in the water influence the water’s temperature).

10. IS IT POSSIBLE TO USE BEEPEGG® IN AN EGG BOILER?
No, that’s not a good idea, since the plastics might melt without water. It doesn’t make sense anyway (Boiling eggs with BeepEgg® also saves money on your electricity bill).

11. HOW DO I GET BEEPEGG® SILENT, ONCE THE EGGS ARE READY?
Rinsing off in cold water helps. After 15 seconds, BeepEgg® will be silent. An alternative is to put BeepEgg® back into the fridge, though this will take little longer.

12. WHICH “TREATMENT” IS PROHIBITED FOR BEEPEGG®?
Never try to use BeepEgg® in a microwave. It would be a lethal verdict. Never use a pan without water, since the plastic shell would melt.

13. IS BEEPEGG® “MADE IN GERMANY”?
Yes, BeepEgg® is 100%”Made in Germany”.  Production takes place in Bielefeld; most components are purchased from regional suppliers. BRAINSTREAM focuses on quality and flexibility and can guarantee short lead times.

14. IS IT POSSIBLE TO EXCHANGE THE BATTERY?
No, for food safety reasons it is not possible to exchange the battery as it is encapsulated.

15. HOW CAN I TELL THAT THE BATTERY IS FLAT AND WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Once the water in which BeepEgg® is boiling reaches 47°C, BeepEgg® will make a sound. This beep signals that BeepEgg® is alright. If this beep does not sound please dispose of BeepEgg®. Lay it on its side and push heavily until the shell opens up. Remove the inner electronic part and dispose of it as you would with any other battery. The battery is food safe and encapsulated.

16. IS IT POSSIBLE TO BOIL SEVERAL EGGS AFTER EACH OTHER IN THE SAME WATER?
Generally, yes. But BeepEgg® has to have the same temperature as the real eggs. BeepEgg® has to be stored with the real eggs for about 30 minutes, before reusing it. Otherwise, the eggs will be too soft. Note: BeepEgg® and real egg have to have the same temperature.

17. WHERE CAN I BUY BEEPEGG®?
It depends where you reside. Some countries have a solid distribution, others not, yet. In most countries specialized gift or house ware trade shops will be the right place to look for BeepEgg®. If you cannot find any near you, please contact us and we’ll point you in the right direction.